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Spain's Sergio Garcia, who won the Iskandar Johor Open last year, hopes to 'get in a good rhythm' at the CIMB Classic golf championship beginning on Thusrday at the Kuala Lumpur GCC. - BERNAMA Photo
AFTER a solid season this year, Sergio Garcia can’t wait to kick off his 2014 season in style – at the CIMB Classic on Thursday.
The Spaniard, who managed one top-three, six top-10 and 11 top-25 finishes last season, knows that a victory at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) this weekend would be the perfect start to the year.
However, the world No. 19 is just easing into the new season after a brief four-week break.
“In my case, playing both (the PGA and European) Tours, you don’t really have three or four weeks off here and there. But I’ve just had four weeks off and I’m probably going to have another four weeks off after China. Unfortunately, we don’t get like a longer break than that,” said Garcia at the press conference in KLGCC yesterday.
Garcia admits that sometimes “you have to take a step back to move forward”.
“Pretty much putting the clubs away was my biggest practise, I would say. I played a lot in the summer. But just kind of practised a little bit, nothing extremely hard, just trying to get ready for the next couple weeks, and hopefully we can get in a good rhythm,” said Garcia.
“We’ve had this kind of start at the end of the year on the European Tour before ... before we had the Race to Dubai, so we’re kind of used to it.
“It doesn’t really change that much. You still have to play well and I was fortunate enough to get a little bit of a rest coming into this week, so hopefully I’m nice and fresh out there.”
This will be Garcia’s debut in the US$7mil (RM22.4mil) event and his first time out at KLGCC – and reckons the strategy out there would be to simply “hit the ball well”.
“It’s my first time playing this event, first time playing on this golf course. We do have a tournament here on the European Tour, but I’ve never had the pleasure of playing in it,” he said.
“It looks great, it’s in very good shape. The greens, even though it rained quite a bit yesterday, are still fairly firm today. It’s the kind of golf course that you can score if you play well. But off the tee it’s quite tight, so you’re going to have to really hit the ball well to score well. We’ll see how it goes.”
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