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Garcia’s confidence returning

 

A rejuvenated Sergio Garcia is back and more ready than ever to tackle the links course at Royal St George's at this week's Open Championship.

The 31 year old Ryder Cup star has struggled on and off the course over the last two years and admitted that he had lost his passion for the game before taking a sebbaticle to do the things he wanted to do.

"The way I was on the course just wasn't quite where I wanted to be.

"The joy was gone at some points, it was really difficult to get through it and it felt like every time I was rising up a little I would do something in a round and play two bad holes.

But now he is back and his recent performances appear to suggest he has emerged from that slump.

A seventh place at the US Open Championship was followed by a defeat in a play-off at the BMW International Open, his best result since 2009 and the one that gained him entry into the Open this year.

And although he is being careful not get carried away, Garcia's confidence has definitely returned.

"I obviously feel much better than I felt last year, although there are way too many things to think about in terms of what has changed.

"[My game] is getting there but there is a lot of room for improvement but there are a lot of nice things happening.

"I definitely feel different. The good thing is now because of the way I am feeling and dealing better with those things hopefully this week will go well.

"It doesn't mean I am going to play amazingly but it does mean I am willing to try shots and fight all the way."

Garcia is also appreciative of all the effort the organisors of the Open have gone through to recognise the late Seve Ballesteros around the course for this year's championship.

"It shows how much he meant to this championship and the game of golf – especially in the UK," he added.

"I remember watching him playing the Open and the love the people gave to him was second to none.

"It was very special and it is a shame.

"I do remember once I played with him when we practised together (at an Open) – it was amazing to share the course with him.

"It did help playing with but the best help you can get is experience.

"There is a lot of feel involved; some clubs you hit here you don't hit anywhere else – like a seven iron from 125 yards.

"It is important that you have done it before and you can feel how the shot has to be hit.

"I love this championship, I always try extra hard and hopefully I can go out there this week and do well.

"But it is going to be tough and there are moments when it is going to be difficult."

 


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