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Garcia in position to end majors hex

July 23, 2006

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— The best player never to win a major has his best shot at it in a long time.

Now a grizzled veteran of 26, Sergio Garcia goes into the final round of the British Open in a three-way tie for second at 204, a stroke behind Tiger Woods. Today, he will tee off with the man who many believed Garcia was destined to become the European version of.

Not that El Nino was thinking that he's ready to win his first major or that he would lose sleep contemplating today's proceedings, if you believe what he says.

"I think what I'm going to do or at least try to do (today) is go out there and try to do the same things, just enjoy it as much as possible, just try to commit to all my shots if I can and whatever happens," he said.

"We love being in this position. It's what we enjoy most," he added.

Garcia's best finish in a major is still his second-place to Woods at the '99 PGA at Medinah, where, as a 19-year-old, he challenged and chased the world's best player over the closing holes, causing Woods to exhale a sigh of relief after he finally wrapped up the title.

Garcia's famous sprint up the 16th fairway after hitting a miracle 6-iron from up against a tree appeared to mark his arrival among golf's elite. He's had several top 10 major finishes since, most recently a tie for third at last year's U.S. Open, but hasn't come close to mounting a serious challenge down the stretch.

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