Friday, August 01, 2008

Garcia_firestone_400x400_3 Sergio Garcia may have inadvertently divulged a bit of Nick Faldo's pre-Ryder Cup strategy Thursday.
After the Spaniard shot an opening-round 69 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Garcia was asked what he planned to do during the off-week after the BMW Championship in St. Louis and the start of Ryder Cup week September 15 in Louisville.
"I think Nick Faldo, the captain, told us that they were thinking about going two days, maybe Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, to play Valhalla. So if I'm in it, I'll probably go maybe at least for one day."
But that was news to Padraig Harrington, who cemented his spot on the European Ryder Cup team by winning his second-straight British Open title two weeks ago.
"Never heard anything about it," he said. "I might be at the German Masters, I don't know. We'll have to wait and see on that."
The Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne, Germany, is scheduled from September 11-14. Because players will need to be both mentally and physically rested before the Ryder Cup, don't look for Harrington—or any other European Ryder Cup player—to over-commit before heading to Valhalla. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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