PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Sergio Garcia, still building on his victory at The Masters last year that gave his career a welcome jolt and led to two additional victories and European Tour Golfer of the Year honors, has committed to play in the 2018 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event which will be held February 19-25 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Garcia, presently ranked 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking, will take on a world class field that already includes other early entrants Justin Thomas (No. 4), 2012 Honda champion Rory McIlroy (No. 8), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 13), Tyrell Hatton (No. 15), Alex Noren (No. 16), and Brian Harman (No. 20).
Other notables who have entered the field include 2016 Honda Classic champion Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, Louis Oosthuizen, Thomas Pieters, Webb Simpson, Jhonnattan Vegas, 2014 Honda champ Russell Henley, Jason Dufner, 2015 Honda champion Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, 2011 Honda champion Rory Sabbatini, 2013 Honda champion Michael Thompson, Retief Goosen, 1999 Honda champion Vijay Singh, Stewart Cink and 2010 Honda champion Camilo Villegas.
Garcia is already off to a strong start in 2018, winning the Singapore Open January 20 in his first tournament of the year. He put on quite a show, winning by five strokes to record his 33rd career victory.
"The goals are still the same," Garcia said of his approach to a new season. "Trying to keep improving, keep getting better in all aspects of the game, just like I try to do every year. Obviously try to put myself in winning situations and try to cope with them the best way possible and give myself chances at winning tournaments."I don't know if it's going to be one, six, two, three or what's going to happen, but at least I feel like I'm getting better. I keep putting myself in those situations, that's already an achievement, and then you try to take as many as you can."
Garcia had finished second at four Majors before his breakthrough at Augusta last April. His other 2017 victories came at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.
"You know, I've been very consistent," Garcia said. "I've been fortunate to be healthy for pretty much my whole career. My long game is very consistent and that's always kept me at a good level."
But Garcia said despite his recent success that he doesn't feel himself becoming complacent. He will come to The Honda Classic very motivated to keep building upon his accomplishments for a shot at a victory in Palm Beach Gardens and eventually another successful performance at The Masters in April.
"I don't feel different when I walk on the golf course. I don't walk taller. I don't look at people differently because I've won a major now," Garcia said. "More than anything I want to just keep improving, keep getting better and keep giving myself chances at winning as many as I can. And then if I do that, I give my best and that's all I can do. When you go with that kind of mentality, it doesn't matter if you won five, 20 or 60 tournaments. You still want to keep getting better."
Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2018 Honda Classic are on sale at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-844-8Honda8 (844-846-6328).
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