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Sergio Garcia wants to belong with the elite

Sergio Garcia has started the 2006 Ryder Cup points race in fine style with a victory at the Omega European Masters, however he is looking for much more.

"I really feel like I should win five or six times a year -- I don't see myself any different from a guy like Ernie [Els], Vijay [Singh], Tiger [Woods] or Retief [Goosen]," said Garcia.

"I feel like my game is good enough to do that," he added. "It's a case of getting everything going the right way."

Garcia has so far won twice in 2005, also winning the Booz Allen Classic on the PGA Tour.

With two top 5 finishes in Majors this season and the highest ranked European in the world rankings Garcia would seem a certainty for the Ryder Cup through automatic qualification, although he does not take that for granted.

"If I don't qualify and don't feel I am playing well, I will tell Woosie if he is thinking about picking me that I think he could get somebody else better than me," said Garcia, who played with Woosnam in the first two rounds of the European Masters.

"I don't see it going that way, and with the changes I've made I feel my swing is just getting better and better, but it's an option," Garcia said. "I am really confident I will make the team and I've just got to believe in myself. If I do that, Woosie is not even going to have to pick me."

"He's just a great player," Woosnam said. "He gives himself so many opportunities and that's fantastic for match play.

"He's long, he hits his irons well and he chips well," he added. "I've been watching his putting on television and he looked to be struggling a bit, but his stroke looked a lot better here."


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