Garcia eyes record third win

Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are centre stage in Dubai this week as they do battle for the European Tour's money list crown, but Sergio Garcia is going for something special too.

Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are centre stage in Dubai this week as they do battle for the European Tour's money list crown, but Sergio Garcia is going for something special too.

Garcia has the chance to record a third consecutive victory after his October wins on his home Castellon course and then at Valderrama.

It is a feat achieved by only four players in European Tour history. Nick Faldo did it in 1983 and 1989, Seve Ballesteros in 1986, Tiger Woods in 2000 and Martin Kaymer last year.

Interestingly, Faldo, Ballesteros and Woods all went on to make it four wins in a row.

Garcia chose to take a month off and in that time has dropped from first to fourth in the Ryder Cup race behind Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Winning again on Sunday, though, could take him back to the top of the cup standings going into 2012 and might also give him a place in the world's top 10 again.

Garcia was second to Tiger Woods at the start of 2009, but then plunged to 85th this March and event took time away from the game to try to rediscover his passion for it.

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