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Ryder Cup hero Sergio Garcia to go from Medinah to Machynys?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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IT'S not every day that one of the world's best golfers invites you to play 18 holes — but one good turn deserves another.

The prospect of Ryder Cup hero Sergio Garcia teeing off at the Langland Bay or Machynys Peninsula golf clubs is a real possibility after the Spanish star promised to return a favour.

Revealed as a Swans fan last week Garcia, whose sister, Mar, is the partner of recent Swansea signing Pablo Hernandez, expressed an interest in watching the side against Reading in the Premier League last Saturday.

Hendy businessman and Swansea City Football in the Community sponsor Salvo Giannini stepped in to play host as his wife, Alex, is friends with Garcia's sister.

Mr Giannini, who owns civil engineering firm, S and G Soils, said: "He came, with his mother, father, sister and her son to have lunch with us because we have a hospitality box and my wife, Alex, is friendly with Mar.

"A week before, we were watching the television shouting him and the rest of Europe on to victory and then this week he is sitting having lunch with us. It was a privilege. He's going to come back over and watch a few more games with us."

Mr Giannini, who has two children, Frankie, aged 8, and 10-year-old Zak, was impressed with how grounded the world top 10 golfer was.

He said: "The link is Pablo Hernandez but it's great to have someone like this associated with the club. I am lucky enough to know a few sports stars but the way he was with the crowd and fans on Saturday was fantastic. He didn't turn down one request for an autograph and he didn't turn down one request for a photo.

"They were passing up programmes to our box and he signed every one.

"He was a true gent who loves his football. There's something about Swansea City football club that attracts very nice people."

As a Swans fan Garcia, who received a standing ovation when he walked onto the Liberty Stadium pitch before the game, was able to enjoy another treat the following day.

Mr Giannini explained: "He even trained with the Swans on Sunday morning."

Having returned to Spain, Garcia is expected back in Swansea soon to fulfil that promise. Mr Giannini said: "When he comes over next we are going to have a bit of a knock around on one of the local golf courses. Being from Llanelli it may be over at Machynys or maybe Langland. Zak is going to come along because he plays pretty regularly."

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