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Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn believes Sergio Garcia will be huge asset for Europe

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-05 22:55:14

Garcia's form has been widely questioned leading into the event, but Bjorn defended the choice and insisted the 2017 Masters champion will be a huge asset to the team both on and off the course at Le Golf National.

"You've got to look at Sergio in certain ways," said Bjorn, live on Sky Sports. "The one thing about Sergio is he's the heartbeat of the team. I've always said that about him. It's like a football team going without their captain, and that's what he is.

"People that have experienced Sergio in the team room and around the Ryder Cup team realise how much he brings to it. Not only is he a fantastic golfer and goes out on the golf course and does what he does in Ryder Cups and we've seen it time after time but what he also brings is that he makes everyone around him better.

Sergio Garcia is delighted to be making his ninth Ryder Cup appearance after being handed a captain's pick by European skipper Thomas Bjorn

"We talked about it a lot, what is great about a European Team room. Well, Sergio is what's great about the European team room. He is everything what the European Ryder Cup is about.

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"Over the years, from when he set out with Jesper Parnevik in 1999, I've watched him as a player, I've watched him as a vice-captain, and there's just something about him, and I for one have so much belief that he's going to go to France and deliver as he normally does in the team, on the golf course, but as important, off the golf course.

"You need people that have been there and done it all and through it all positively and negatively, and Sergio is, for me, the one person that I really feel like I can trust with everything that we do that's Ryder Cup."

Casey will be making his first appearance in the contest since 2008 having rejoined the European Tour last year, and Bjorn is happy to have the Englishman back on board.

"With Paul's commitment to what he wants to do being back in the Ryder Cup team after 10 years, the conversations we had, he's really shown he missed this part of his life and he really wanted to get back," the Dane added.

"With a win earlier this year, he's really done well to get back in the game, and it really was a no-brainer for me to bring him back. He brings world-class golf to the team and he's a wonderful match player, as well. Great to have him back."

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