Sergio Garcia looking to reign at Royal Greens & Country Club

Garcia is looking to get his first win of the year after two top 10s in Singapore and Dubai. (AFP)
Updated 29 January 2019

Sergio Garcia looking to reign at Royal Greens & Country Club

  • Spaniard looking forward to inaugural Saudi International as he looks to capitalize on recent good form.

LONDON: Sergio Garcia cannot wait to get his Saudi International title tilt started as he looks to capitalise on recent good form.
The Spaniard began his year with two top 10 finishes, in Singapore and Dubai, having claimed the Andalucia Valderrama Masters title at the end of 2018.
Keen to begin this year as he finished the last, Garcia claimed his game is in the sort of shape to not only bring victory at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club but also add to his trophy cabinet in the months beyond.
“It has been a couple of nice weeks to start the year in Singapore and obviously last week in Dubai with a couple of top 10s,” the world No. 27 said.
“ At the end of the day I want to keep being consistent. I want to try to keep improving in all aspects of the game,
and give myself chances at winning tournaments and winning Majors.
“That’s what I’ve done my whole career and that’s what I want to keep doing. Then it’s just a matter of having that great week at the right time and hopefully lifting another one of the big ones.”
Along with most of the field in the Saudi International, this will be Garcia’s first time playing the course, and an initial nine holes on Tuesday left the 39-year-old impressed.
“It looks beautiful, really nice. I’m excited to go out there.
“We always try to promote the game as much as possible. Obviously this week is a good opportunity to do it here in Saudi, a place that we’ve never been to,” he said.


India’s cricket great Virat Kohli not ready to ease leadership workload

Updated 19 February 2020

India’s cricket great Virat Kohli not ready to ease leadership workload

  • ‘It’s been about eight years now that I’ve been playing almost 300 days a year’
  • ‘The team wants a lot of my contribution in the next two or three years, so that we can ease into another transition’

WELLINGTON: Virat Kohli admitted Wednesday that captaining India in all three cricketing formats was grueling but insisted he was not yet ready to ease his leadership burden.
Speaking ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday, Kohli, 31, said stepping back was on his mind, but not for a few years.
“It’s not a conversation to hide away from,” he told reporters. “It’s been about eight years now that I’ve been playing almost 300 days a year.
“With the traveling, practice sessions and the intensity being right up there all the time, it does take a toll on you.”
Asked about fellow players who had dropped one or more forms of the game in order to extend their careers, Kohli replied: “I’m not in that space at the moment.”
“Periodic breaks for me seem to work pretty OK,” he added.
“At a time when the body doesn’t respond as well, maybe at around 34, 35, you might have a different conversation, but for the next two or three years I have no issues.”
Kohli, who took over the Test captaincy in late 2014, said he wanted to ensure the Indian team was in a good place when he finally relaxed his grip on the reins.
“The team wants a lot of my contribution in the next two or three years, so that we can ease into another transition, which is what we faced about five or six years ago,” he said.
“The mindset is obviously on the larger picture and from that point of view, I am preparing myself for a rigorous three years.”
Kohli backed rookie opening batsmen Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw to shine at Wellington’s Basin Reserve, where India have not won a Test since 1968.
“These guys have no baggage, they’re not desperate in any way to perform here,” he said.
“They play with a fearlessness that can motivate the whole team and give us the kind of starts we want.”
Kohli expected the notorious Wellington wind to play a role in the match, saying it had to be carefully considered when weighing up bowling options.
“Wind in this stadium more than any other in the world plays a massive, massive role,” he said.