Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia has fond memories of Muirfield, but he does not expect those recollections to help him in anyway when he tees off alongside Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel in The Open Championship.

The Spaniard won the Amateur Championship here in 1998 aged 18 and finished joint eighth in The Open's last visit to the Scottish links in 2002.

"It brings good memories but that is it. What I did in 1998 or 2002 is not going to make any difference this week," he said.

"This week is different. I think the course is playing faster and firmer than I've ever played it but you still have to hit the shots.

"It changes the strategy a little bit, there are different clubs you have to use off the tees and you have to fiddle it around a little bit.

"And if the wind changes like it is supposed to on Friday or Saturday the course will play totally different so it's going to be a mental game."

Garcia is a favourite with The Open galleries and he hopes to be able to feed off their support.

"I feel fortunate that crowds have treated me well everywhere in the world but the British crowd have always carried me and that is amazing with me not being British," he said.

"To see the support I get from this crowd is unbelievable.

"I feel okay but I have to feel good when the tournament starts and as the week goes on and there are certain things that can happen so that can make a difference.

"I'll go round and see where it ends."

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