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Garcia still hungry for major success

Sergio Garcia is not giving up on winning a first major this year as he kicks off his 2017 European Tour season.

The Spaniard is arguably the most successful and recognisable player to never lift a major trophy, though he has come agonisingly close on a number of occasions. He’s also recorded 12 top-five finishes, four of which as runner-up.

Some golfers might have decided their time is up in regards to winning a top-tier title, but 18 years on and Garcia is still as hungry as ever to finally break his duck.

"The hunger is still there," the 37-year-old told europeantour.com.

"I still want to keep achieving things. I still want to keep becoming a better golfer when it comes down to my career.

"I think that fortunately for me, I'm still in good shape. Physically I'm still doing well. I've been able to avoid injuries for pretty much my whole career, so that's always a positive.

"I'm excited to keep improving, keep giving myself chances at winning tournaments, winning majors and then just give the best that I have got in me.”

It’s not all negativity for Garcia, however. He has managed to win at least one tournament every year since 2011, and is looking to hit the ground running this year, starting at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this week.

"I am obviously very excited to be back in Dubai," the World No.15 added.

"The course looks great and the weather's great. So, we're enjoying it as much as possible. The forecast is for some strong winds throughout the week. I've always enjoyed challenging conditions and if the high winds come, it will be challenging. I think it plays probably to my strengths."

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic tees off at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on Thursday.


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