Team Europe's Sergio Garcia celebrates during the Singles on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Sergio Garcia celebrates during the Singles on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Sergio Garcia in action during the Singles on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Sergio Garcia in action during the Singles on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES – Sergio Garcia became the leading points-scorer in Ryder Cup history as his 2 and 1 win over American Rickie Fowler helped Europe regain the trophy at Le Golf National on Sunday.

The 38-year-old Spaniard, a controversial wildcard pick by captain Thomas Bjorn after a poor season, passed Nick Faldo's previous mark of 25 points, reaching 25.5 since making his debut in 1999.

“I don't usually cry, but I couldn't help it. What a week,” Garcia told Sky Sports as his teammates took time to interrupt the interview to congratulate their colleague on the honour.

 Team Europe's Sergio Garcia tees off during the Singles on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Sergio Garcia tees off during the Singles on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs

Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion, had endured a difficult year, missing the cut at all four majors, but was still selected by Bjorn on the strength of his Ryder Cup performances down the years.

“It's been a rough year, but we fought hard, I'm so thankful to Thomas Bjorn for believing in me,” he said. “I'm so happy to get the Cup back and in Paris and to enjoy it as much I did.”

Agence France-Presse (AFP)