SERGIO GARCIA produced a fine round of golf at Valderrama yesterday to stake a strong claim for the Volvo Masters.
Garcia, who has twice finished runner-up but never won the tournament, signed for a three under par 68. He shrugged off the news he was outscored by three shots by Soren Kjeldsen and dismissive of the Dane when observing that: “There’s always going to be one guy who comes out and does everything right and everything is going his way. It happens every year.”
Garcia’s moods haven’t always endeared him to fans with the Irish particularly resentful of the manner in which he accepted defeat by Pádraig Harrington in last year’s Open Championship and the US PGA Championship in August.
Despite that he remains one of the finest strikers in the game, as evidenced when winning his own tournament in Castellon last weekend.
So he is entitled to talk up his chances over the next few days.
“I’m happy with three under and would definitely have taken it out going out this morning,” he stated.
“You know how tricky this course can be so I’m happy with the score. I don’t think I could have done any better given the conditions and everything. This course is funny.
“I played well and hit a lot of good shots and I still managed to hit only nine or 10 greens.
“So that’s the way the course is and you’ve just got to realise that and fight hard.”
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