Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)
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Sergio Garcia is excited to be back at a golf course that holds special memories as he prepares to tee it up at this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Spaniard's victory at this event two years ago launched a stellar 2017 season which saw Garcia claim his first Major Championship crown at the Masters Tournament.

And Garcia arrives at Emirates Golf Club in fine form, having closed his 2018 Race to Dubai campaign with four top-ten finishes - including a victory at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation - before coming joint sixth at the Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi in November.

He is keen to keep that momentum going this week.

The 39 year old said: "Obviously we won a couple of years ago, which started off a great year. 

"I'm excited to be back and just hoping to go out there and play well, have a solid week and see if we can have another shot at that beautiful trophy.

"I've always liked this golf course. You know, funnily enough, until two years ago, I always felt like I played better than I probably scored or finished. 

"Obviously two years ago, it was really fun and great to get that victory here finally.

"I think it's a solid golf course. It's the kind of golf course that if you drive it well, it gives you opportunities to make birdies.

"But if you're off from the tee, you're not going to do well and it can be quite tricky.

"It's the kind of golf course, like I said, that if I'm swinging it well and have confidence, I always feel like I can do well on."

Garcia believes his recent run of strong finishes is a positive sign because it means he is fighting at the right end of the leaderboard.

He added: "The way I've always looked at it is, you can't get victories without being up there and finishing in the top ten or anything like that. You know, if you're fighting to finish 25th, you don't have a chance of winning.

"Winning has become tougher and tougher as the years went by, all the kids are much better now than they used to be, and it doesn't make it easier. 

"At the end of the day, the only thing I can do is give myself the best chance and try to play the best way possible and the best way that I know. 

"If I'm around the top ten and I have my chances of winning, if it happens, great, and if not, it's still a great week."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2WALLACE, MattENG18-17
T3WARING, PaulENG18-16
T3GARCIA, SergioESP18-16
T3QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-16

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