Ryder Cup: We're fired up to silence our doubters out on the course, insists Garcia
Spain's Sergio Garcia has dismissed criticism of Europe's team and the hyping of their American opponents by insisting: "Ryder Cups are not won with your mouth".
Darren Clarke's side arrived in the United States with six rookies among their ranks, with leading two-time Major winner and outspoken American analyst Johnny Miller labelling them "the worst team in many years".
US captain Davis Love's assertion he had assembled "the best golf team, maybe ever" has also not gone unnoticed by the Europeans. However, Garcia, playing in his eighth event, said it just provided more ammunition for them inside the team room.
"They are pretty much motivating factors," he said. "Johnny says a lot of things. Obviously he's not always going to say the right thing.
"Everybody's allowed to have their own opinion and that's what they think and that's great for them. You don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth, you win them out there on the course.
"We know what we have and that's the most important thing."
Garcia has lost just two of his previous seven Ryder Cups with both defeats coming on American soil. However, he also has two victories in the States on his record, and he rates the win at Medinah last time they travelled in 2012 as one of biggest moments in the event's history.
"I don't know if it's better or worse winning it at home or away," added the 36-year-old.
"I think the feeling of winning the Ryder Cup is amazing no matter where it is.
"Obviously it feels like it's a little bit tougher away but you know once you win it that feeling, that sensation that you get, it's very unique and it doesn't really change that much if it's at home or away."