Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Sergio Garcia at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai  (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia admits his chances of snatching the Race to Dubai title this week are slim, but the Spaniard is determined to put as much pressure as possible on Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose.

For Garcia to finish the year as Race to Dubai champion he must win the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and hope that Rose finishes worse than solo fourth with Fleetwood outside of the top 20.

Remarkably the 37 year old has never finished a season as European Number One, but Garcia plans to focus on sticking to his end of the bargain and winning at Jumeirah Golf Estates rather than concerning himself with where the English pair sit on the leaderboard.

"What I'm going to do is I'm going to go out there and try to do what I do every week, which is to play the best I can play and give myself the best option of winning this week," said Garcia. "I can't control what the other people do. Obviously both Tommy and Justin are playing really well.

"I'm not expecting them to finish 40th or 50th. To be totally honest, I see a two percent chance of me winning The Race to Dubai, but I'm fine with it. I can live with it. It's been a great year, and that's not going to change.

"It would be amazing [to win the Race to Dubai]. But like I said earlier, even if it doesn't happen, it doesn't mean that my year is not going to be as good as it's been.

"I'm going to keep working like I've been saying all year, and like I said at Valderrama, keep challenging myself, keep putting myself in situations to test myself and try to overcome those situations the best way possible. Not only for this week and this year, but for what's coming in the future.

"At the end of the week, we'll see what happens."

Garcia's remarkable 2017 campaign began with victory in Dubai in February before he captured his first major at the Masters Tournament in April. 

Further success came when Garcia won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation last month and there were celebrations off the course as he married Angela in July, with the couple expecting their first child in March 2018.

"It's been a great year," Garcia added. "Obviously excited about this week and get to hopefully give it a run.

"It's been a wonderful year, not only on but off the golf course.

"I'm excited for these last few weeks of the year."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-10
2HATTON, TyrrellENG18-9
T3APHIBARNRAT, KiradechTHA18-8
T3SURI, JulianUSA18-8
T3ROSE, JustinENG18-8
T6RAHM, JonESP18-7

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