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Out of form Sergio Garcia tees up at Wyndham

Sergio Garcia did not plan to be in Greensboro for this week’s Wyndham Championship but desperate times have called for desperate measures.

The Spanish world number seven has endured the worst year of his career on the PGA Tour, and languishes 115th in the points list ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs starting next week.

The top 125 qualify for the first of four lucrative events but only 100 will advance the following week, prompting Garcia to compete in a tournament which he normally skips.

He missed the cut at last week’s U.S. PGA Championship and, with just one top-10 finish in 13 starts on the U.S. circuit this season, has arrived at Sedgefield Country Club with his confidence in tatters.

“I wanted to take this week off (but) I couldn’t,” seven-times PGA Tour winner Garcia told reporters on the eve of Thursday’s opening round.

“I’m not playing well. I’m not enjoying it, so I guess it’s just a matter of keep working on it and hopefully get good and see where we go from there.”

He expected the par-70 course to yield low scores this week due to the soft greens but did not sound confident about being among those ready to take advantage of the benign conditions.

Garcia’s good friend, Australian Adam Scott, was also a late addition to the Greensboro field in the hope of regaining form after a woeful campaign.

Scott lies 111th in the standings and plumbed new depths at last week’s PGA Championship when he missed his ninth cut of the season, his 17-over-par total beating only a handful of club professionals.

The smooth-swinging Australian was ranked third in the world in June last year but has since slipped to 50th.

While Garcia and Scott have struggled for form this season, American Lucas Glover has been surprisingly successful.

Although he established himself as a world-class player when he clinched his first PGA Tour victory at the 2005 Disney Classic, he was certainly not among the favourites for the U.S. Open in June.

In a year of surprise major winners, however, Glover captured his national open at Bethpage Black, but it was not enough to book him an automatic spot on the U.S. team for the Oct. 8-11 Presidents Cup against the Internationals.

Glover has three more weeks before captain Fred Couples selects his two wildcard picks to complete his 12-man line-up for Harding Park in San Francisco.

“I’ve got a few weeks to prove myself,” Glover said. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far for the last couple of months but we’ve got to keep playing hard.”


August 20, 2009

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