European Ryder Cup stalwarts Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer said on Wednesday they trust their choice to join LIV Golf doesn’t stop any future contribution in the biennial group rivalry.
The threesome, who have a consolidated 25 Ryder Cup appearances between them, gambled with their fates as players or chiefs in the biennial group rivalry with the United States by joining the Saudi Arabia-upheld LIV Golf Invitational Series.
“I trust that I actually have the chance, as I’m certain they do, as well, to be a piece of a couple of more Ryder Cup groups, yet that won’t rely upon us now,” Garcia said at a news meeting close by Westwood and Kaymer in front of the current week’s LIV occasion in Portland. “We’ll simply keep our fingers crossed.”
Westwood, who made an European record-rising to eleventh Ryder Cup appearance last year at Whistling Straits and has for some time been viewed as a future skipper, felt he has the right to remain part of the blend in spite of joining LIV.
“For what reason would it be a good idea for it be compromised?,” Westwood said when inquired as to whether he felt it was worth the effort to risk his Ryder Cup future to play in the rewarding LIV series.
“However long you satisfy the models to be an European Tour part, then, at that point, you ought to in any case have the chance to attempt to fit the bill for the Ryder Cup group.”
Previous world number one Kaymer, who last played a Ryder Cup in 2016, expressed that while he cherishes contending in the group design he regrets nothing if his choice to join LIV costs him any future contribution in the occasion.
“Clearly we didn’t have the foggiest idea what the assents could become one day, yet assuming you inquired as to whether I would do likewise, assuming I would settle on a similar decision, totally, in light of the fact that I truly do put stock in the entire vision that LIV Golf accommodates the sport of golf and for us players,” said Kaymer.
US Ryder Cup commander Zach Johnson, talking on Tuesday in front of the current week’s John Deere Classic in Illinois, gave the most clear sign at this point that the people who join LIV — which brings about suspension from the PGA Tour — won’t be qualified for his group one year from now in Rome.
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“What I know is this: In request to play in the Ryder Cup group whether you’re top six or a pick, you should earn Ryder Cup focuses through the PGA of America,” said Johnson.
“To collect Ryder Cup focuses through the PGA of America you must be an individual from the PGA of America.
“The way that we’re individuals from the PGA of America is through the PGA Tour. I’ll allow you to draw an obvious conclusion from that point.”