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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia (Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia is relishing the opportunity to continue his fine form at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week on one of his favourite courses.

The Spaniard arrives in Ohio full of confidence having finished second in his two previous events. After losing out to Kevin Streelman at the Travelers Championship, Garcia ran Rory McIlroy close at the 143rd Open Championship, ending joint second alongside Rickie Fowler.

Garcia is therefore hoping that the opportunity to sample the Firestone Country Club's South Course once again will bring out the best in him.

Garcia said: “I love the golf course. I think this is definitely one of the best golf courses we play all year.

“We've always enjoyed it. I think the people always come and support it. It's great to see nice big crowds here, and the golf course is really one of the best we play.”

Despite his impressive showings of late, Garcia believes adapting to the conditions that will face him on he South Course will be key to how he fares this week.

The 34 year old, who has recorded 14 top ten finishes from 41 World Golf Championships appearances, added: “Obviously, it all depends a little bit on how the course plays. If it doesn't rain, this course can play quite tough. Some of the holes are very, very difficult to hit.

“But it's like any other week - obviously if I'm on, if I feel comfortable, if I feel confident, I think I can do well. I've done fairly well before.

“But if you're a little bit off, it's the kind of golf course that's asking you to hit a lot of different shots. Mainly off the tee, it's asking you a lot. You have to be very patient and realise that it's probably not going to be the easiest week that you have all year.”

Garcia is playing himself into form just at the right time as he embarks on a busy period in the year.

With the US PGA Championship starting next week and The Ryder Cup on the horizon, he is looking forward to the challenges ahead. 

“Obviously I'm very happy with the way it's been going all year, and a couple weeks ago at The Open to be able to play well and try to challenge Rory a little bit on Sunday, it was nice,” he said.

“There is a really big stretch now of good tournaments coming up, obviously finishing at The Ryder Cup. So it's going to be a little bit busy, but I'm looking forward to it.

“It's going to end up with an amazing event, which I love. After that, we can take a little bit of time off.”

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