Garcia doubtful for Irving tournament

Garcia doubtful for Irving tournament

Sergio Garcia looks set to make a late decision on whether his infected fingernail has healed enough for him to play the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

Garcia pulled out of an Open Championship qualifier after only four holes on Monday, but has moved on from Plano to Irving hoping to play the event where he made his professional debut with a round of 62 in 1999 and which he won seven years ago.

“Finger is not feeling great yet. Hoping I’ll be better by tomorrow. I’ll keep u posted!” said the Spaniard on his Twitter site.

Garcia may be only 73rd in the world now – he was ranked second to Tiger Woods just over two years ago – but he is still one of the star attractions at the tournament.

That can be seen from him being paired with American Dustin Johnson and Korean KJ Choi for the first two rounds.

Choi won the Players Championship two weeks ago and afterwards donated almost £125,000 of his £1m first prize to the fund-raising efforts for tornado victims in the United States.

“There’s a lot of things that have happened in the past few weeks, not only in the US, but all around the world,” he said.

“Once the tournament was over and I had a little bit of time to grab a moment I just came up with the thought of helping them because so many good things have happened to me.

“I wanted to do something in return for those states that suffered because they do need a lot of help.”

Like Garcia, Fiji’s Vijay Singh is seeking to climb back into the world’s top 50 this week and so qualify for The Open at Sandwich.

Singh, though, has also entered for the international qualifier at Sunningdale on Sunday week.

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