Thomas Bjorn withdraws from PGA Championship with back injury

Paola Ditto
Agosto 11, 2018

'We know what it's like with world-class players like Sergio, they have their ups and downs, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he won the PGA and was sitting here on Sunday holding the Wanamaker Trophy, ' he said.

THOMAS BJORN has backed Sergio Garcia to turn his form around in time to make his European team for next month's Ryder Cup. Bjorn is a skilful operator when it comes to defusing hard issues, but he knows this week's tournament is pivotal to the qualification process for both sides.

The Spaniard has missed the cut in six of his last 10 events and dropped to 23rd in the world from 10th at the end of 2017. Of the top 31 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, only three (Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman) are not from the US or Europe.

Only the top four on each list gain automatic qualification.

But the Dane is also aware that Garcia is not performing to his expected level.

"Sergio won't be happy with where he's been with his game over the last few months", Bjorn said.

'I've made it clear to him he's going to need to do something special to make this team and to preferably do it on merit, ' said Bjorn.

"Knowing him very well, he tees it up every week to try and win tournaments and I would like to see something from him".

On a world points list, meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Paul Casey are on course to make the team for the 28-30 September clash at Le Golf National outside Paris. "I mean, you want the best players".

Has finally reaching the mountain top and claiming his richly deserved major, plus getting married and having a daughter dulled his edge?

This may help explain why Woods' has a starkly different Ryder Cup record in the three formats used in the competition.

Garcia has been the beating heart of the European side for almost two decades but he is now well outside the top eight spots and the automatic cut off for the team.

It is also the last event where players can cement their spot in the American side.

It's the final Major of the year in St Louis this week as the world's best players visit Bellerive Country Club with hopes of winning the 100th PGA Championship.

The top eight on the points list on Sunday will punch their tickets to Paris - and Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed are absolute locks.

Then there is the question of Tiger Woods, who lies 20th in the standings but on current form and career reputation looks increasingly unlikely to be ignored for a wildcard pick.

'They're going to have a really strong team.

But the 42-year-old has displayed an increasing commitment to team events as he has aged, and as next year's Presidents Cup captain and no doubt a future Ryder Cup captain, his experience could be invaluable.

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