Sergio Garcia tees it up on a happy hunting ground at the BMW International Open this week as he looks to launch a glorious summer of golf.
The Spaniard arrives at Golfclub München Eichenried for an event where he has two runner up finishes and three other top tens, a week before his foundation plays host to the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters.
The 39-year-old will then turn his attentions to The Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club - an event where he has ten top tens - and a victory in Munich this week would be the perfect springboard for his summer.
"I have done well at this golf course," he said. "I think it's going to play a tiny bit different this year with the new greens, a little bit firmer. A few new pin positions here and there that we haven't seen in the past. It's going to be interesting to see how everything comes across.
"It's nice to be back in Europe after pretty much five months in the US. Nice to be back on European soil and we'll try to build up on some good momentum.
We'll try to build up on some good momentum - Sergio Garcia
"You still have to go out there and you still have to hit the shots and you still have to be as confident as possible with your thoughts and everything.
"There's no doubt that playing here where I've done well and obviously Valderrama where it's my favourite golf course in the world, those things help, but you still have to hit the shots. There's nothing given, it's not like you get there and, well, here is a bag of 15 good shots for you just because you like the course, you know.
"Hopefully we'll have a solid week here, build up on that and then have another solid week at Valderrama, which I obviously love and kind of get ready for The Open.
"I love The Open Championship. It's probably my favourite tournament, other than The Ryder Cup, and the ones we play in Spain. It's a championship I always look up to as a European. I was always a big fan of it.
"I've been fortunate to have some good chances at winning it. Unfortunately I haven't done it yet but I want to keep giving myself some more opportunities and hopefully, this year or sometime soon, I will give myself another shot at an Open Championship."
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