CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No one in the Wells Fargo Championship field had a deeper connection to the late Seve Ballesteros than Sergio Garica, who Paul Casey said was like a son to the five-time major champion, and on Friday as news of the Spaniard’s deteriorating condition circulated Garcia seemed at peace.
“As soon as we knew what was going on with him and the cancer in his head, we all knew how difficult cancer is,” Garcia said on Friday. “You always were expecting that at some point in time, it was going to happen (he was going to die). But you are never really ready. You are never really ready to say goodbye.
“When he does die, he will be able to relax and enjoy his other life.”
Garcia recalled playing a practice round with Ballesteros at the 1995 Spanish Open when he was 15 years old.
“I was really, really nervous,” Garcia recalled. “My dad knew him. I had met him a couple times, but when you are 8, 10 or 11, and you meet him, you're a kid and your head is somewhere else.”