GAR­CIA TAR­GETS CLARET JUG BE­FORE WED­DING BELLS RING

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

South­port, UK - Ser­gio Gar­cia is due to get mar­ried next week but the Spa­niard in­sists that plan­ning his wed­ding is not get­ting in the way of his prepa­ra­tions for the Bri­tish Open.

Be­fore Gar­cia ties the knot with fi­ancee An­gela Akins in Texas, he is aim­ing to win the cov­eted Claret Jug for the first time fol­low­ing some near misses in the past.

"An­gela has been do­ing a great job of get­ting ev­ery­thing ready for the wed­ding. And ob­vi­ously we're re­ally ex­cited for next week," Gar­cia, the Mas­ters cham­pion, said at Royal Birk­dale on Mon­day.

"But we have some­thing that we're also ex­tremely ex­cited about this week, and we want to be here giv­ing ev­ery­thing we have and hope­fully with a chance on Sun­day."

Gar­cia, 37, has been grouped with 2015 Open cham­pion Zach John­son and Aus­tralia's Ja­son Day in the first two rounds of this week's Open, which starts on Thurs­day.

He came to Birk­dale as a teenage am­a­teur in 1998 and has since come des­per­ately close to win­ning The Open.

He fin­ished as run­ner-up to Padraig Har­ring­ton at Carnoustie in a play-off in 2007 and came sec­ond to Rory McIl­roy at Hoy­lake in 2014.

But he shed off his near­ly­man tag this year by claim­ing his first ma­jor ti­tle at Au­gusta in April, and even sported the green jacket on a re­cent trip to watch the ten­nis at Wim­ble­don.

Now he is ea­ger to win more ma­jors, although he is proud of what he has achieved in his ca­reer re­gard­less.

"I've al­ways said that con­sis­tency is one of my great­est at­tributes through­out my ca­reer. And of course I could have won more, but I think the con­sis­tency I've had for the last 18, 19 years is not that easy to do," he said. And I think some peo­ple over­look that. Hope­fully I can make that even bet­ter this week."

Ser­gio Gar­cia

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