09 Nov 2017

Player Spotlight: Sergio Garcia eyes Tommy Fleetwood’s Race to Dubai throne

Sergio Garcia is heading into the grand finale of the Race to Dubai in third place behind Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood but is in fine form following his victory at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Sergio Garcia heads a trio of Spanish contenders into the DP World Tour Championship this month behind the Race to Dubai’s runaway leader Tommy Fleetwood and the main man in form Justin Rose.

Despite winning last month’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation for his sixth win on Spanish soil, the reigning Masters Champion is unlikely to catch Fleetwood.

The 14 times winner on the European Tour received an Honourary Life Member of the Euroepean Tour award from Chief Executive Keith Pelley at Valderrama.

Garcia went on win, cutting down Fleetwood’s lead, to currently stand in second place, with his fellow countrymen Jon Rahm in third and the Dubai-based Rafa Cabrera Bello in fourth place.

Garcia has been a frequent visitor to Dubai and the Middle East for many years and he’d like nothing more than to end his 2017 campaign at the top of the European Tour by winning the end of season climax.

He shared 19th place on the Earth course last year but he started the 2017 season with a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2014, having finished second the previous year and fifth in 2012.

“It’s good to start the season in the sunshine of the Middle East,” says Garcia. “I’ve played the European Tour for nearly 20 years now and I’ve always enjoyed playing on the Tour – and I’ll keep doing that as long as my body allows.

“The Rolex Series is great for the Tour and I think it’s helping all of us. Keith Pelley and his group are doing a good job. They are working hard. It’s not easy to introduce new ideas but they are starting to get some good results, so we’re all excited about it.”

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