Garcia taking aim at McIlroy

Sergio Garcia still believes he has a chance to catch Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai standings.

Despite the reports coming out that the Northern Irishman has already won the season finale, it is still mathematically possible for Garcia to pip McIlroy to the post. Additionally, Jamie Donaldson and Marcel Siem can also achieve the feat.

The Spaniard needs to win the next three tournaments, starting with a win at this weekend’s Turkish Airlines Open.

“I’m a big believer that if you have done something extraordinary to be able to achieve that, to win [The Race to Dubai] before the last tournament happens, why shouldn’t you be the winner,” said the 34-year-old on

“I think Rory did something quite extraordinary this season and this summer more than anything, and maybe he deserves to be The Race to Dubai Champion, even before we play the Dubai World Championship next week. There’s no doubt that it’s nice to be a part of it, to have still a little chance of winning it.

“It’s obviously very difficult but to at least be in the race for it and have a possibility of becoming The Race to Dubai Champion, it’s something that you look forward to and I’m going to need a couple of really, really good weeks – we’ll try it until it’s over.”

Garcia missed the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open last year, but he is eager to play after the event received great reviews.

“I definitely have heard a lot of good comments,” added the eleven time European Tour winner.

“Obviously it’s a fairly new tournament but a lot of good comments. It’s one of the things that made my decision easier to come and play this year.

“I’m excited about seeing the course today – I heard it’s in good shape. I heard the rough is a little bit high but it looks really, really good, and obviously the resort is quite spectacular, so we are enjoying that.”