Garcia surprised by his chances of winning the Tour
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.”