Sunday, July 19, 2009

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Sergio Garcia made it 41 majors\nwithout a victory when he came home with a 1-over 71 at the British\nOpen on Sunday.

\nThe 29-year-old Spaniard was 1-under at the halfway stage but\nnever challenged the lead at Turnberry and, after a third round\n6-over 76, was already nine shots off the lead when he set out on\nhis final round in windy conditions on the west coast of Scotland.\nAlthough he made three birdies to two bogeys on the outward nine\nand threatened he might at least finish with a sub-par round, a\ndouble-bogey six at the 10th spoiled his card. He finished 6-over\n286.

\n"I had a couple of good rounds to start with then unfortunately\nI had a bad day yesterday," Garcia said. "Today was a weird day.\nIt was the kind of day when, every time I got myself going, I\nscrewed it up on the next hole. I couldn't ride the momentum. Every\ntime I made a birdie I made a bogey on the next hole.\n"I'm fairly positive. I would love to have played much better.\nBut there are a lot of positive things I can take away from the\nfirst two days."

\nNow Garcia targets the PGA Championship at Hazeltine Aug. 13-16,\na tournament where he went within one shot of catching Tiger Woods\nwhen he was a 19-year-old.

\nBack then, "El Nino" was considered a big rival to Woods in\nterms of winning golf's biggest events. While Woods went on to win\n12 more majors to take his total to 14, Garcia is still seeking his\nfirst.

\n"I have two weeks off and then I'm playing the Bridgestone\n(Invitational) and then to the PGA," he said. Asked how he might\nfeel heading into his next major, he replied: "I'll tell you when\nI get there."

\nIn terms of prestige, Garcia's triumph at last year's Players\nChampionship is his best out of seven PGA Tour successes. He was\nwon eight on the European Tour, including this season's HSBC\nChampions in Shanghai, China which will become part of the elite\nWorld Golf Championship series.

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