Matt Fitzpatrick has declared that he’d be willing to room with Sergio Garcia if it meant sharing the fairways with a European Ryder Cup legend this September in Rome.
The Englishman told Sky Sports News that the only thing he’s interested in is winning the Ryder Cup, meaning he’d happily welcome European teammates who have joined LIV Golf back into the fold, should they improve the team.
Europe will host the USA in Rome off the back of a record-breaking defeat at Whistling Straits and while so much upheaval has been felt in the world of men’s professional golf since that loss, all Fitzpatrick cares about is that the twelve players in blue are the best possible to exact revenge on the Americans.
“It might be some players from other places in the world,” Fitzpatrick said, singling out record European points scorer Garcia.
“I think there definitely are a few personal relationships that have been dented by this. I’m not bothered, I just want to win, and I’m sure those boys do too.”
“Sergio would be the one that would stand out for me, particularly. I don’t know the details of [his relationship with McIlroy].
“I’m happy to share a room with him, if that’s going to be the case, I can corner him off for everyone else.”
Exactly how Rory McIlroy would feel about Garcia in the locker room remains to be seen. In his three part interview with Paul Kimmage, McIlroy revealed that his relationship with the Spaniard had completely broken down since Garcia’s move to the Saudi-backed circuit.
“On the Friday of the U.S. Open, I woke up to a text that was sent at 5.30 that morning,” McIlroy said.
“He had an early tee time, I didn’t, and I woke up to this text basically telling me to shut up about LIV, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I was pretty offended and sent him back a couple of daggers, and that was it.”
And while Fitzpatrick would happily partner the likes of Garcia in Ryder Cup combat, like McIlroy, he has no time for LIV stars still trying to compete on the PGA and DP World Tours.
“As long as you go and don’t come back, I don’t have an issue,” he added.
“Go take the money, go play wherever you want, I could not care less, just don’t come back and then take spots from other guys that want to play.
“I understand that there’s the likes of Westy, Poulter and Sergio that have played a lot in Europe over the years and have done their bit, and they have. I can’t ever knock them for that, they’ve done way more than I have for the European Tour.”