Masters champion Garcia hungry for more major trophies


Justin Rose doesn't take for granted what he does for a living, especially every year on the third weekend of June at the U.S. Open. For the most part when I've been in contention in the biggest of events, they've gone my way right at the death.

Sergio Garcia comes to this week's U.S. Open with a new title - major victor - but the same old motivation.

"Inside of you there is a little spot where you've accomplished it already".

"But I've always liked it when a course plays tougher. I tried to play golf how my dad taught me to", he said.

"But if you play well, which is obviously what this championship is trying to identify, it's a very, very fine and playable golf course".

"It's always a good reminder for me to try to be my best and to be a good role model for my children, but also make my dad proud".

"I think the greens are getting more US Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain".

And if the wind gets up and the rain buckets down like it did late on Monday then numerous game's best could be turning to the basilica for divine assistance.

But Johnson has struggled since withdrawing from this year's Masters following an untimely back injury, cracking the Top 10 just once in his past four outings, and missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament earlier this month while listed as heavy +600 chalk.

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"If you are in contention and things go your way, it's a handsome way of being rewarded professionally".

"(But) I'm still working on my game as much as I can and as hard as possible.

His European Tour record shows just 11 missed cuts in 120 starts with 93 top 25s, 53 top 10s and 11 wins. "That weekend I felt so incredibly connected to him, which is the one thing I look back on my U.S. Open win".

Dustin Johnson, now the world's No. 1 ranked golfer and the defending U.S. Open champion, leads the way as a strong +750 betting favourite. I'm still working hard on it.

If I do that then hopefully those lulls - I'm sure that some lows will come - but hopefully they'll be short ones and we can get over them as quickly as possible. "And I've got to keep the confidence going, keep the momentum and see if we can have a good weekend and have a chance on Sunday".

In contrast, Garcia is approaching his eighteenth U.S Open from the other end of the scale.

Thwack. Thwack. Thwack. The 37-year-old won the Masters on his 19th attempt, and questions that arose soon after putting on his first green jacket were some of the first repeated Tuesday during a news conference prior to his first practice round for the 117th U.S. Open. When I won the US Open in 2013 I came out on top after a great battle with Phil Mickelson, and it was the same thing when I pipped Henrik Stenson to the gold medal at the Olympics past year.

The World No. 1 then tweeted "I know it was a late round today. That benefits a few guys, and luckily I'm one of them".