Rahm: I'll Miss Sergio At Ryder Cup

If there was one bright spot at Whistling Straits two years ago then it was the sight of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia battling away for Europe as Team America demolished their visitors. Now though we know for sure that Garcia, Europe's record points scorer, will play no part.

The Spaniard resigned his membership from the DP World Tour following a conversation with his good friend and team captain Luke Donald.

“I talked to him two or three weeks ago. Obviously I had to make some decisions when it comes down to the DP World Tour, and I wanted to see where I stood in regards to the Ryder Cup. Luke obviously is a good friend, but he made it - I wanted him to be sincere and tell me the truth, and he pretty much told me that I had no chance," Garcia explained last week.

“Obviously that made my decision a little bit easier. It was sad because I felt like not only because of my history but the way I’ve been playing, that I probably could have a chance, but it didn’t sound like it, so that’s what it is.”

And Rahm, who won all three of his matches with his compatriot, admitted that he was gutted not to have another go together.

"It's a little sad to me that politics have gotten in the way of such a beautiful event," said Rahm. "Again, it's the best Europeans against the best Americans, period. And whatever is going on, who is playing LIV and who is not playing LIV to me shouldn't matter. It's whoever is best suited to represent the European side. I'm going to miss him. We had a great partnership at Whistling Straights."

Rahm did add though that he hoped that the likes of Adrian Otaegui, Jorge Campillo and now Pablo Larrazabal might play their way onto Donald's side – the Englishman has six picks this year.

"I'm going to mention history again one more time. A Spanish duo in the Ryder Cup I think to me is embedded into the roots of the Ryder Cup. Look with Seve and Ollie were able to do throughout their partnership, right.

"I have a hard time to believe that the best player Europe has ever had, the most successful player Europe has had on the Ryder Cup isn't fit to be on the team. So, it's unfortunate. I will miss him. But with that said I want to be hopeful, there's a couple of Spanish guys playing really good right now, so hopefully they can join me on the team."