Garcia geared up for Mutuactivos Open de España homecoming

Sergio Garcia hopes to bring his title-winning form from the KLM Open to this week’s Mutuactivos Open de España as he prepares to tee it up in his national Open for the first time since 2016.

The 39-year-old is also making his first appearance since returning to the winner’s circle last month at the KLM Open, securing his 16th European Tour title and his fifth victory in a two-and-a-half year span.

Winner of the Open de España in 2002, Garcia hopes to channel happy memories both from this tournament and playing in his home country, where he has won seven times in his 20-year professional career.

Sergio Garcia: “It’s good to be a part of this event again – ’16 was the last time I played, at Valderrama. It’s a tournament I’ve won in the past, and I would love to renew that feeling here. It should be good fun here in Madrid.

“I did have a really nice week in Amsterdam a few weeks back. I’m excited to keep that momentum going. My game feels pretty good and hopefully we can have a great week.

“The course has changed a little bit with a few new tees, but the essence of the course is still the same. Small greens, you have to drive the ball well. If you miss fairways there are a lot of tricky shots. It looks really nice, at the end of the day it comes down to playing well and we’ll see how it turns out.”