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Country Club of Jackson. © Sanderson Farms Championship Long ago Sergio garcia He did not play a tournament



Country Club of Jackson. © Sanderson Farms Championship

Long ago Sergio garcia He did not play a tournament the week immediately after the Ryder Cup, which is what he will do this time, as he defends the title starting this Thursday at the Sanderson Farms. Since 2008, specifically, the Castellón player has not chained a tournament after Ryder. On that occasion, after losing in Valhalla, he had to face the following week the final of the Fedex Cup in Atlanta and finished in second place, after losing a playoff tiebreaker with Camilo Villegas.

On two other occasions in his long career Sergio has played the week just after Ryder. The first time was in 1999, also after reaping a tough defeat, that of the American comeback at Brookline. Well, on that occasion he was even better, as he won the Linde German Masters, curiously ahead of Padraig Harrington, his captain in Whistling Straits. In addition, in 2006, after winning the Ryder at the Irish K Club, he also played the WGC American Express the following week, although on that occasion he would finish in 32nd place.

You can see that it has not done too badly, rather the opposite, in the week immediately after the Ryder Cup, especially after losing it. Although in 2018, after the victory in Paris, Borriol rested two weeks before winning at Valderrama. He also didn’t fare badly after Ryder’s victories in 2002 and 2004: in both cases he rested for a week before returning to action to finish 5th in the Lancome Trophy and 4th in the WGC American Express, respectively.

The longest time he has not played after Ryder was in 2012. It is seen that Medinah’s miracle left him exhausted, since he would not reappear until eight weeks later, almost two months, in the Dubai Final (9th).

Sergio faces Sanderson Farms this week at the Country Club of Jackson (Jackson, Mississippi) with the unbeatable memory of last year’s victory, obviously, when he managed to sign four scorecards under seventy strokes, to win with a cumulative -19. In that sense, there do not seem to be many doubts: whoever wants to win this week must be around such a result, or what is the same, sign something like four cards of 67 strokes in this par 72. On that occasion he was the best hunter of greens of the week, with more than eighty percent in this statistic, that of greens in regulation (60/72).

A priori, if Borriol’s man finds his rhythm and does not pay this time for the Ryder’s wear and tear, his main rivals for the win must be Sam Burns, Sungjae Im, Will Zalatoris, Corey Conners, Matthew Wolff, Si Woo Kim and the Chilean Mito Pereira, one of the great revelations, who this year got into the PGA Tour through the Korn Ferry Tour and that already has a third place at the start of the season.

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