Garcia has won more matches with Donald than any other Ryder Cup teammate. They are 5-1 when teamed together in fourballs and foursomes.
Garcia told GolfChannel.com he spoke to a disappointed Donald by telephone Tuesday morning after European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced he was taking Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher his three captain’s picks.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed not to see Luke on the team, one of my partners and a good friend of mine, but it’s so difficult,” Garcia said after arriving on the range Tuesday afternoon to get ready for the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills. “There were only three picks, and there were probably five or six guys who deserved to be on the team.”
The Europeans have never lost a Ryder Cup with Donald on the team. He helped the ’04, ’06, ’10 and ’12 teams defeat the Americans. Donald was injured and missed the ’08 Ryder Cup, when the Euros lost to the Americans at Valhalla. Donald sports a 10-4-1 Ryder Cup record and is 3-1 in singles. He defeated Bubba Watson in the leadoff singles match at Medinah two years ago that sparked Europe’s epic Sunday comeback.
“I talked to Luke this morning, and he was obviously a little bit disappointed, but he understands that once you don’t make the team yourself, and you depend on the captain for a pick, you never know what might come through,” Garcia said. “Unfortunately, if he would have played a little bit better the last two or three weeks, it is probably a different situation. I still think the team looks very good.”