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Sergio Garcia vows to improve after booking Ryder Cup spot with Wyndham Championship victory

Updated: Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 11:24 | Comments

Sergio Garcia: 'There's still some shots that I need to get better at'
Sergio Garcia: 'There's still some shots that I need to get better at'

Spain's proud record of having at least one player in every European Ryder Cup side is still intact thanks to Sergio Garcia.

The 32-year-old, who failed to qualify for the last match and worked as an assistant captain instead, sealed his sixth cap by winning the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina after it spilled into a fifth day yesterday.

Now Ian Poulter is in need of a wild card, just as he was in 2008, and former world number one Martin Kaymer will be in the same boat if Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts finishes first or second in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles this week.

Given that Poulter is staying in America for the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs, Colsaerts is the only one who can knock Kaymer out of the last automatic spot in Jose Maria Olazabal's team.

England's David Lynn and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello thought they might have a chance too, but the withdrawal from the last counting event of Swede Peter Hanson - he is now certain of his second cap - has reduced the number of world ranking points on offer.

That leaves USPGA runner-up Lynn and Dubai Desert Classic winner Cabrera Bello hoping that a victory in Scotland this weekend might persuade Olazabal to pick them, as was the case for Edoardo Molinari two years ago.

Taking into account his great cup record and his third place finish in the last major of the season, Poulter looks certain for one wild card and, as things stand, uncapped Colsaerts appears favourite for the other one ahead of three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

After four birdies in the final six holes took Garcia to an eighth PGA Tour title, but first for four years, he said: "It was nice to pull through.

"It's great - I think there were a lot of things going on. Winning is always nice and it means quite a bit."

Garcia won twice in his home country late last season and added pointedly: "Sometimes it hurts to hear people not giving enough credit to some of those wins because they're in Europe.

"Fortunately, I know how much they mean to me and I know how difficult they are. They really helped a lot.

"But I can definitely still play better which. There's still some shots that I need to get better at."

What made his latest success different was that he hired a local caddie for the week - something he intends to keep on doing for a while.

"Sometimes I feel like I depend too much on them. Instead of making a decision myself I would wait for the caddie to make a decision for me and then maybe I don't feel comfortable with that," he said.

"Don't get me wrong , not all my decisions were good this week, but I was pretty much 100% committed to most of them."

Regular caddies usually receive 10% of winning cheques, but Garcia, who picked up 936,000, said the situation was different on this occasion.

"Obviously he's not going to get what a normal caddie would get because his job was fairly easy. He'll be happy with whatever he gets, I'm sure he will."

Colsaerts finished joint seventh - his best-ever finish in the States - after receiving a special invitation to the event and stated: "I thought the more chances I got the better it's going to look if I kept playing well.

"When you get yourself in positions like this and make the most of it it just shows how much you want it."

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