Garcia chasing third successive win

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While the focus will be on Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy in Dubai this week, Sergio Garcia has plenty to play for as well.

While the focus will be on Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy in Dubai this week, Sergio Garcia has plenty to play for as well.

As the the world’s two top ranked players battle it out for the Race to Dubai money list title in the season-ending Dubai World Championship, Garcia will be looking to continue his recent golfing renaissance by trying to win his third successive tournament on the European Tour – a feat achieved by only four other players in the history of the game.

After announcing his comeback in spectacular fashion with consecutive victories in his native Spain on his home Castellon course and then at Valderrama back in October, Garcia returns after a month-long break to see if he can get straight back to winning ways.

The four players who have also managed the unlikely three-peat are Nick Faldo, who did it in 1983 and 1989, Seve Ballesteros in 1986, Tiger Woods in 2000 and Martin Kaymer last year.

Of those four, Faldo, Ballesteros and Woods all managed to make it four in a row after achieving the third win.

In the month he has been away, Garcia has dropped from first place in the Ryder Cup race to fourth, surpassed by Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, but a win this week should take him back to the top of the standings – and send him back into the top 10 in the world for the first time since 2009.

It’s a remarkable comeback for a player who was languishing down in 85th place as recently as March of this year, and who was forced to take a break from golf to try and rediscover his passion for the game.

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