GARCIA TARGETTING THAILAND SUCCESS TO LAUNCH OLYMPIC AMBITION

BANGKOK (5 December) – World number 12 Sergio Garcia is targetting victory at the Thailand Golf Championship to aid his bid to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games and to secure a spot in the 2016 European Ryder Cup team.

Garcia, who won the Thailand Golf Championship in 2013, has been without a victory since early 2014. But his love of the Amata Spring Country Club course, host of next week’s championship, means he heads to Thailand full of confidence.

“I love Thailand. It’s a great week and a good way to finish the year,” said the 35-year-old Spaniard, who has played every edition of the Thailand Golf Championship since the inaugural event in 2011. “We always get treated amazingly well and it’s always nice to return to a course where I’ve had
success at in the past. I have really good memories.

“My game is in pretty good shape. I’ve managed to keep my consistency levels but I need to make a step forward,” continued Garcia. “It’s nice to be up there in the top-5 or the top-10 but when you don’t win for a while it’s a different feeling. Hopefully that win can come in Thailand.”

Golf returns to the Olympic Games next summer for the first time since 1904 and Garcia is relishing the chance of representing his country at the biggest sporting event of them all.

“The Olympics are a great motivation for me. I represent Spain everywhere I go, whether it’s at regular tournaments or the Ryder Cup, but to be an Olympian, to be alongside the best athletes from all the other sports would be something very special,” said Garcia, who finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy at The Open in 2014. “You don’t get many chances to be an Olympic athlete so I really hope it can happen.”

Garcia has been a part of the European Ryder Cup team on no less than seven occasions and with Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke also playing at the Thailand Golf Championship, the Castellon-born player is keen to impress his skipper and ensure he makes it to Hazeltine National Golf Club, venue for the 2016 match.

“I don’t need to tell anyone how much the Ryder Cup means to me – everything!” said Garcia. “[But] I need to step up my game and play well. I need to make sure I get there.”

Aside from Clarke, Garcia will be joined in the field at Amata Spring by a number of his Ryder Cup colleagues, including defending Thailand Golf Championship winner Lee Westwood, two-time major champion Martin

Kaymer, France’s Victor Dubuisson and the man who secured the winning point for Europe at Gleneagles in 2014 – Jamie Donaldson. Bubba Watson, the two-time Masters champion and three-time United States Ryder Cup team representative is also playing in Thailand

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About the Thailand Golf Championship

Organized by Gulf Sports Management and IMG, and sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the fifth edition of the Thailand Golf Championship will be staged at the award-winning Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi between 10-13 December. The Championship, the Asian Tour’s season-ending event, has a total prize purse of US$1 million, and has been part of the Open Qualifying Series since 2014. The Thailand Golf Championship will be broadcast globally by Asian Tour Media and in Thailand by TrueVisions.

Former winners of the Championship are: Lee Westwood (2011), Charl Schwartzel (2012), Sergio Garcia (2013) and Lee Westwood (2014).

See thailandgolfchampionship.com for more information.

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