x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Sergio Garcia in fine form for a title shot in Dubai

The Spaniard has won three tournaments in a row and his five-under-par round sees him well placed going into day two at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

DUBAI // Sergio Garcia's resurgence continued at the Dubai World Championship (DWC) with a five-under par 67 putting him in fourth place.

The Spaniard is aiming for a record 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.

His form is in stark contrast to a year ago when he sunk to a career low 85th in the world rankings.

"My attitude has changed a lot," said Garcia. "I have tried to make my golf as easy as possible."

Garcia was appearing for the third time at the DWC yesterday.

"I'm not going to lie to you, it's not one of my favourites, that's for sure," Garcia said. "But it's always in good shape, so that makes it fun playing it and we usually get good weather."

Garcia dropped three shots in his round, recording a bogey on nine and a double bogey on 17.

"My foot slipped a bit and I had a bad swing," Garcia said. "It actually ended up being quite a good double-bogey. I tried not to get too caught up in the moment and didn't let it affect me too much.

"That's probably why I was able to make birdie on the last. In the past, I probably would have gotten really frustrated and then done something bad at that hole as well. You learn as you go and hopefully I can keep going like this."