Gar­cia sur­prised by his chances of win­ning the Tour

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing - By James Cor­ri­gan in Dubai

Ser­gio Gar­cia ar­rived here be­liev­ing he was the third mem­ber of a two-horse race, so was pleas­antly sur­prised to dis­cover that his hopes of win­ning his first Euro­pean Tour Order of Merit ti­tle amounted to more than “a math­e­mat­i­cal chance”.

The Masters cham­pion is 1,051,405 points be­hind leader Tommy Fleet­wood and 794,668 be­hind Justin Rose and, like most, sus­pected that left him need­ing a mir­a­cle to storm the English party.

But when told that, to be­come the sec­ond Spa­niard to lift the fa­mous Harry Var­don Tro­phy af­ter Sev­e­ri­ano Balles­teros, he needed to win the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship and for Rose to fin­ish out­side the top four and Fleet­wood to fin­ish worse than 20th, his eyes lit up.

“Oh, I thought it was much worse than that,” Gar­cia said. “I’m go­ing to give ev­ery­thing I have, give my­self the best op­por­tu­nity of win­ning and see where I end up. I can’t con­trol what the other peo­ple do.”

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