Sergio Garcia is typically more adept at hitting a golf ball with a titanium club than kicking a soccer ball with his preferred left foot. But on Wednesday morning, the PGA golf pro put down his clubs and paid a visit to the Gillette Stadium grounds for an impromptu trial with the Revolution in advance of this weekend’s Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 2-5) at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.
With the late-August sun splashing the Revs' training field, the 31-year-old Spaniard, nicknamed El Nino, blended in quite well with his temporary teammates.
“I felt good," said Garcia, who donned an unnumbered navy blue Revolution training jersey for the morning session. "Obviously, they're on a higher [level] because they practice every day, but I enjoyed it.”
Not that it came as a surprise. Garcia, who grew up a huge soccer fan and is an avid Real Madrid supporter, often finds time to kick around the futbol whenever he can in between tournaments. In fact, the Spaniard reportedly makes it a habit of dropping in for training sessions with local amateur and professional clubs while on tour with the PGA.
One person who was particularly impressed with Garcia’s skills on the pitch was Revolution manager Steve Nicol, who also got in a few touches during Wednesday morning’s practice.
"I think he did well," said Nicol. "He certainly didn't look out of place and that tells you all you need to know."
Garcia, who’s golfing prowess has earned him over $36 million in prize money on the PGA Tour, may not be quite as skilled on the pitch as he is on the links, but that didn’t stop him from coming away from his Revolution training experience with a smile on his face.
“I tried my best and tried to play the way I always play,” said Garcia. “They seemed to be happy with what I did."
According to Nicol, his celebrity trialist didn’t waste any time getting involved in the proceedings. He went "straight into the mix," with little concern for gently easing into Wednesday morning’s session.
Now, while Garcia may have been all ears when it came to instructions and tips from his practice mates, one person who may benefit from El Nino’s advice -- golfing-related, of course -- was Nicol, who’s a bit of golfer himself.
But, when asked if he had pulled Garcia aside for insight, the manager hinted that he may need more than just a few pointers to help him with his golf game.
"He doesn't have enough time," quipped Nicol.