Sergio Garcia seeks a home win in Spanish Open
Sergio Garcia is hot favourite to win the Spanish Open following his near-miss in the Players Championship on Sunday at Sawgrass.
Garcia had snapped his putter in half in frustration after a second round of 72, but produced rounds of 67 and 68 at the weekend to come close to a second Players Championship title following his win in 2008.
Garcia's only victory in the Spanish Open came in 2002 - he did not play the event from 2004 to 2012 - and the Ryder Cup star could only finish 38th last year as Miguel Angel Jimenez extended his record for being the oldest winner in European Tour history.
"It's great to come back to Spain and play my own Open," world number seven Garcia said. "I'm excited about it and hoping to do a lot of nice things here this week.
"It's been a while (since 2002). It would be nice to get in the winner's circle again.
This year's event has moved from PGA Catalunya to El Prat in Barcelona.