Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Garcia Eyes Cup Bid after Second Success; GOLF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Garcia Eyes Cup Bid after Second Success; GOLF

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SERGIO Garcia is back in the world's top 20 and top of Europe's Ryder Cup points race after grabbing his second victory in a row yesterday, writes MARK GARROD.

The 31-year-old (pictured right), who ended close to three barren years in winning by a runaway 11-stroke margin in his home Castello Masters last weekend, just held off fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez to take the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama. "I'm out of words," said Garcia after getting up and down from the rough on the last to win by one. "It's been two amazing weeks."

His latest success was followed by an admission that he feared he would never come back from a slump that saw him crash from world number two to outside the leading 75 - and quit the game for a while last season.

"Ask Luke Donald," said Garcia. "We had a very tough conversation in Madrid."

Now, with Donald top of the rankings, they are on course to pick up their unbeaten Ryder Cup partnership in Chicago next September.

"Ryder Cup years are always special," Garcia added, "so hopefully we can make that team."

Scotland's Richie Ramsay was third, Ireland's Shane Lowry fourth after a joint best-of-the-day 67 and England's Steve Webster fifth following a 69 spoilt by two closing bogeys. …

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