By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
FARMINGDALE, N.Y — Sergio Garcia had a shorter week than many of the players competing at The Barclays.
After all, he was still playing golf on Monday after the final round of last week’s Wyndham Championship was suspended overnight due to heavy rains thathad rendered Sedgefield Country Club unplayable.
Turns out, it was time well spent as Garcia won by two strokes — breaking a four-year PGA TOUR victory drought and likely playing his way onto the European Ryder Cup team.
The Spaniard picked up where he left off on Thursday during the first round of The Barclays at Bethage State Park Black Course, too. He made six birdies and dropped just one shot to par on the way to a 66 that left him two strokes behind Padraig Harrington.
Garcia said he took a "nice little rest" on Tuesday and came back ready to see if he could keep things going at the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs. The 32-year-old came in ranked No. 33, gaining 69 spots thanks to Monday’s victory.
"It’s definitely easy, because momentum is there, you’re feeling good about your game," Garcia said. "So it obviously makes it a little bit easier to go out there and hopefully play like I did today."
Garcia hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. He continued to putt extremely well, using 28 and ranking fifth in strokes gained putting when he finished his round on a course he felt was playing similarly to its two U.S. Open dates.
"I played good,“ Garcia said. "I didn’t think it was playing that easy, but obviously there were a lot of good scores. There wasn’t much wind. The greens weren’t extremely firm, so you could attack some pins if you were in the fairway.
"But I don’t know, it’s funny how if it says U.S. Open in front, it seems to play harder just because of that than if it’s just a normal PGA TOUR event, because I don’t think the course is playing that different to what it was maybe in 2009."