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The Open: Garcia aiming for Spanish double

Sergio Garcia smiled and laughed as he posed for photographs in a Spain football shirt at St Andrews.

But now the question is — how long will the happy face last?

Eighteen months ago Garcia was world number two. He even teed off in a tournament with a chance to go to number one.

Now he is ranked 44th and in his last two tournaments in Europe he has not even made the halfway cut. That has never happened to him before as a professional.

“I definitely felt we had a good chance,” he said. “We had a great team, the confidence was up.

“Winning the Open would be awesome — the icing on the cake. I'm going to do my best — I love this tournament.”

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