Garcia aiming to repeat Qatar victory

January 20, 2015 08:58:25 UK

Defending champion Sergio Garcia is keen to open his 2015 campaign by retaining his title at the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club.

The 35-year-old Spaniard edged out Finland’s Mikko Ilonen in a play-off 12 months ago, making up for a near miss in 2013 when he finished a shot behind winner Chris Wood of England.

I want to play as well as I can and put up a good defence of my title.

Sergio Garcia

And Garcia now has his sights set on becoming the first man to win the Qatar Masters two years running, as he opens his new season at a course which he clearly enjoys.

He told reporters: “I came close to winning a few times, so it was nice to get over the line last year. I played really well on the last day to get into the play-off, then had to play really well all over again to beat Mikko.

“So I have some good memories and hopefully they can inspire me to have another successful week.

“I want to play as well as I can and put up a good defence of my title.”

Meanwhile, Garcia is aware that he will be taking on a top-class field, especially obvious as he has been paired with Henrik Stenson and Ernie Els for the first two rounds, while Justin Rose is also teeing off in Doha.

Garcia added: “This year, it’s a really strong field with players like Henrik and Justin, who have been among the world’s best players in recent years. They’ll obviously be among the players to watch out for.”

Garcia can be backed atĀ 8.00 to retain his Qatar Masters title, with StensonĀ 12.00 to win the tournament and Rose 8.00.

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