Monday 11 December 2017

'He was trying to apologise for something he said and I was like, it’s fine' - Sergio Garcia on wedding chat with Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia
Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia

Harry Clarke

US Masters champion Sergio Garcia has had his say on the recent meeting with old foe Padraig Harrington at Rory McIlroy's wedding.

The Irish golfer revealed the pair didn't get on while speaking after the Spaniard's recent Masters triumph, but said that their relationship is the "best it has ever been" after the pair met at McIlroy's lavish bash at Ashford Castle.

And Garcia, speaking ahead of today's-starting Players Championship at Sawgrass, added that he has nothing but respect for Harrington.

"I think at the end of the day, we both respect each other," the Spaniard said on Wednesday ahead of The Players Championship.

"I mean, we've had our differences here and there, but you know, we've had great talks at the Ryder Cup and also at Rory's wedding. He was trying to apologise for something he said on Sunday, and I was like, it's fine. It doesn't matter.

"It doesn't bother me at all. I respect you. You respect me. We're fine.

"There's nothing wrong with us. At the end of the day, I think that's the most important thing.

He's a nice guy, I think I'm a nice guy, and we can all get along fine."

Meanwhile, Garcia has reflected on that first-ever major success at Augusta.

Garcia was very relaxed during his press conference on Wednesday, befitting someone who finally shed the label of best player not to have won a major when he beat Justin Rose in a Masters playoff 31 days ago.

"So many great things have happened since Sunday at Augusta," Garcia told reporters.

"But for me, what has meant the most (is) to see the reaction from the players towards me and how happy - other than a couple - how happy they all have been.

"They've been so happy for me to get my first major and win the Masters. It shows me how much my fellow players respect me and care about me. It's something that you can't really fake, so that's awesome."

Garcia, a lifelong Real Madrid fan, said being introduced to the crowd at the Bernabeu had been the highlight of his break.

"To walk onto what I think is the best soccer stadium in the world … and in El Clasico against Barcelona, which is probably the biggest football game that exists in this world, and to have 90,000 people chanting your name, that was extremely special."

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