GARCIA CUT FOR OPEN GLORY

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After winning the Players Championship, Sergio Garcia is as short as 16/1 to make amends for his Carnoustie heartbreak.

After winning the prestigious Players Championship, Sergio Garcia is as short as 16/1 to make amends for his Carnoustie heartbreak by capturing this year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Garcia edged out Paul Goydos in a play-off at Sawgrass on Sunday night to claim the biggest win of his career and will now turn his attention towards landing a first major title.
The Spaniard missed a golden chance to win the Claret Jug last summer but victory in the Players Championship – the unofficial “fifth major” – suggests the chances of him going one better this time have increased and Stan James have cut him to 16/1 from 25s to triumph in Southport in July.
VC Bet are best priced at 25s.
Garcia, who now has seven US Tour titles to his name, has also been shortened for next month’s US Open at Torrey Pines. Sky Bet have cut him to 28s from 45s while Hills now go just 20/1. That leaves totesport’s 33/1 as the best on offer.
Tiger Woods is as short as 11/10 to win at Torrey Pines and Garcia feels the world number one will be extremely hard to beat.
“I think it’s going to be really difficult to beat Tiger there, because, you know, he obviously loves that golf course there, kind of like the same way I feel here,” said Garcia.
“But at least I want to at least give it a chance and see if I can challenge him a little bit, and you know, whatever happens, happens.”
As for the USPGA, the final major of the season, Garcia is 25/1 with Hills while, looking further ahead, he’s 66/1 at totesport for the 2009 US Masters.
Sky Bet make him 9/1 to win any major in 2008.

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