Garcia relishes Birkdale challenge

17 July 2017 11:47:35 EST

Masters champion Sergio Garcia is looking forward to another chance to try and get his hands on the Claret Jug by winning the Open Championship.

Garcia has finished in the top ten at The Open on no fewer than ten occasions and still dreams of finally getting over the line and claiming a second Major title of his career.

Other than Carnoustie and maybe Muirfield, it's one of the toughest Open venues we play.

Sergio Garcia

The Spaniard is boosted by having got rid of the tag of being one of the best players never to win a Major by claiming victory at Augusta earlier this year, where he came out on top after a final-day battle with Ryder Cup colleague Justin Rose.

Garcia told reporters: "I think Birkdale is a great golf course. Other than Carnoustie and maybe Muirfield, it's one of the toughest Open venues we play.

"Obviously a lot depends on weather, but it is a solid golf course and I've managed to play here in 1998 and 2008 and it is a golf course that I like.

"The Open is one of my favourite tournaments. I've been very relaxed in some Opens and I've played great and also been very relaxed and played maybe not as great as I would like to, but I don't think that it changes.

"At the end of the day when we get there on Thursday morning on the first tee, the nerves will be there and that's not going to change because that's what drives us."

Garcia's impressive record in The Open does not extend to his previous two appearances at Royal Birkdale, with have seen him finish tied for 29th place in 1998 and tied for 51st place ten years later.

He is priced at 2/1 to be top Spaniard and 11/2 to be top Continental European, while he is a 18/1 shot to be crowned Open champion.

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