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Sergio Garcia takes positives from Open

An exhilarating finale eased Sergio Garcia's disappointment after a closing 73 left him seven strokes behind British Open winner Tiger Woods on Sunday.

"I can take a lot of positive things out of this tournament," Garcia said. "It's a shame but that's the way it goes sometimes. I didn't play the way I should have."

After the Spaniard's best round by three shots in a British Open on Saturday, a 65, he played in the last group on Sunday with Woods and began only a stroke behind.

However, an ugly start with three-putt bogeys on the second and third and further dropped shots on the eighth and ninth, left him hopelessly adrift of his playing partner.

On Saturday, Garcia burned up the front nine in 29 shots but Sunday's troubles saw him reach the turn in 39.

In danger of slumping out of the top 10 at Hoylake, Garcia rallied with a birdie on 15 and an eagle on the 16th to climb the leaderboard and equal his best British Open finish of the previous year at St Andrews.

That late run gave him optimism for the final major of the year, the U.S. PGA Championship in which he finished second in 1999 behind Woods at the age of 19.

"I thought I had hit good putts with those two early three-putts but they didn't go in and nothing seemed to go my way," said Garcia.

"Three or four shots cost me, there were a lot of holes (where) if things had gone a bit different then it could have been a different story.

"And I felt good with the putter. It was probably the best I've felt in a major with the putter, stroke-wise.

"But I'm happy. If you had told me two months ago I'd have played this well, I would have said you're a bit crazy.

"I felt my game was right there and I just needed a good start. I'm looking forward to the PGA now even more."

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