Els and Garcia aim to end on a high
Last updated: 12th December 2012
The year 2012 has been memorable for Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia and the duo hope to finish on a high in Malaysia this weekend.
The 43-year-old Els ended his long victory drought in spectacular fashion in July when he overcame a six-shot deficit on the final day to win The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, taking his major tally to four in the process.
Next up for Els and many of his fellow professionals is the final tournament of the year: the $2 million Iskandar Johor Open at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.
The South Africa is determined to do well before he goes on his end-of-year break.
"It was a dream come true for me again when I won another major," he said. "I think this event's probably everyone's last one for the year and everyone wants to do well before we go on a long break."
He added: "It's another golf tournament, but sometimes you can't help but think of the benefits that will come with it. The motivation will be there as that'll certainly drive you to do well. The most important thing is to be positive play your own game."
Garcia also had plenty of highs this year as he broke his four-year PGA title drought when he won the Wyndham Championship to qualify for the Ryder Cup. He then went on to play a starring role in the tournament as Europe beat the United States in Chicago.
"This is my first time playing in Malaysia and I'm happy with what I've seen of the place and the golf course so far," said the Spaniard.
"It's also my last event of the year and I'm looking forward to a good showing. It'll be nice to put myself into contention and hopefully win. Then I'll have a nice Christmas break and get ready for next year."
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