Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golf: Garcia on the Brink of Ending Streak

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golf: Garcia on the Brink of Ending Streak

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SERGIO GARCIA believes he is edging closer to an overdue tournament victory after carding a six-under-par 66 to take the lead at the end of the first round of the Players Championship yesterday.

The 28-year-old, who has not won anywhere in the world in nearly three years, has always played by feel, which is why he is trying not to get too tied up in mechanics with his new short game instructor, Stan Utley.

"I seem to be driving the ball better than I have the past year or so," he said.

"But more than anything, the most important thing is not that my short game looks good, but that it feels good, because at the end of the day, what you need is to feel it, and I'm starting to feel it.

"Even if I had won last week, I would still be as motivated, trying to win this week, so that doesn't change.

"At the end of the day, the only thing I can do is keep working on it, keep giving myself chances, and it's going to happen.

"I feel like it's getting closer and closer. …

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