Garcia on Valhalla: 'Not my favorite golf course'


AKRON, Ohio – Coming off a runner-up finish at the recent Open Championship, it stands to reason that Sergio Garcia would be a legitimate pick to claim his first major at next week’s PGA Championship.

Until you listen to him speak about host course Valhalla Golf Club, that is.

“I'm not going to lie to you,” Garcia said Wednesday. “It's not my favorite golf course in the world.”

The last time he played there, six years ago, Garcia lost to Anthony Kim, 5 and 4, in a Sunday singles match at the 2008 Ryder Cup. Before that, he finished T-34 at the 2000 PGA Championship.

“I remember, obviously, a little bit from 2000; 2008, they'd already made some changes. So it will be interesting to see how it plays,” Garcia said. “Hopefully, if it plays firm, it will be a nice test. If it plays soft, it kind of gets a little bit easier for everybody.

“I'm excited to go and see it. Like I said, I haven't seen it for six years. So I don't know if they made any more changes after the Ryder Cup.”