Garcia drops to 50

Sergio Garcia is down to 50th in the world and is in an even more precarious Ryder Cup position than Tiger Woods.

Sergio Garcia is down to 50th in the world and is in an even more precarious Ryder Cup position than Tiger Woods.

Garcia was second on the rankings only 16 months ago, but has had a nightmare time since and finds himself only 19th on the European cup standings entering this week’s US PGA Championship.

The 30-year-old Spaniard has been an ever-present in the match since becoming the youngest-ever player at 19 in 1999, but with competition for the three wild cards hotter than ever before he really to show captain Colin Montgomerie some real form at Whistling Straits.

Garcia is so down in the dumps about where he is at that he is planning a two-month break after this week – and only making the Ryder Cup team would change that.

“It’s been a long year,” he said.

“I haven’t had a nice, long break my whole career.”

On whether he has told captain Colin Montgomerie his thoughts he added: “I’ve talked to him – he knows what I’m planning to do.

“I need the break,” Garcia said. “I need to miss the game a little bit.”

American Hunter Mahan, winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, climbs to a career-high 12th in

the world.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Tiger Woods 9.63pts, 2 Phil Mickelson 9.19, 3 Lee Westwood 8.99, 4 Steve Stricker 7.51, 5 Jim Furyk 6.83, 6 Ernie Els 5.71, 7 Luke Donald 5.49, 8 Rory McIlroy 5.46, 9 Paul Casey 5.46, 10 Ian Poulter 5.23.

11 Graeme McDowell 4.94, 12 Hunter Mahan 4.94, 13 Martin Kaymer 4.86, 14 Anthony Kim 4.80, 15 Retief Goosen 4.45, 16 Padraig Harrington 4.30, 17 Robert Allenby 4.25, 18 Louis Oosthuizen 4.23, 19 Sean O’Hair 4.13, 20 Justin Rose 3.99.

Other leading Europeans:

21 Edoardo Molinari, 22 Ross Fisher, 26 Henrik Stenson, 34 Robert Karlsson, 36 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 37 Francesco Molinari, 42 Alvaro Quiros, 48 Peter Hanson, 50 Sergio Garcia, 52 Rhys Davies, 58 Oliver Wilson, 68 Soren Hansen, 69 Soren Kjeldsen, 76 Fredrik Andersson Hed, 79 Anders Hansen, 80 Brian Davis, 82 Shane Lowry, 84 Simon Dyson, 86 Chris Wood, 88 Fredrik Jacobson, 89 Danny Willett, 94 Stephen Gallacher, 96 David Horsey, 97 Ross McGowan, 100 Darren Clarke.

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