Sergio Garcia arrived
back in Spain on Tuesday for three weeks' rest ahead of what he promises
will be a "fight to the death" in his first Ryder Cup.
He secured his place
in Europe's team to face the United States by finishing second behind Tiger
Woods in the U.S. PGA championship earlier this month.
Garcia is relishing
the prospect of rejoining battle with Woods and company at the Brookline
Country Club in Boston, although he admits the European team will go into
the event as underdogs.
"We'll have to give
everything to beat the Americans," Garcia told a news conference. "They
are definitely the favourites but that's good for us. We might be able
to surprise them.
"We've got a great
team and I can promise a fight to the death."
"Winning a place
in the Ryder Cup is a dream come true for me. If I play Tiger Woods in
the singles, that will be incredible."
But the young Spaniard
admits he still has some way to go before he is in the same class as Woods
who took his career earnings close to $9 million with victory in the
NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday.
"Tiger Woods is the
best golfer in the world," Garcia said. "Things are going well for me at
the moment but there is still a gap between us. I'll do everything I can
to get up to his level."