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Garcia eyes title after Dubai course record

Spaniard reveals laser eye surgery inspired his 64 at DP World Tour Championship

  • By Ashley Hammond, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:37 November 23, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP

Dubai: The handiwork of Sergio Garcia’s optician came under scrutiny on day two of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Friday, after the Spaniard equalled the course record with a 64.

In only his second round since returning from laser eye surgery last month, the 32-year-old holed nine birdies and two eagles, but proved he was still getting to grips with his newfound focus by also carding two bogeys and a triple.

It follows on from a first-round 73, leaving him eight under par, three strokes off the lead at the close of round two.

Asked if he noticed any improvement in his game as a result of the surgery, Garcia said: “Not yesterday [Thursday], but today [Friday] I could.

“I might be able to read my lies better, but you still have to judge the speed of the green.

“If I was aiming at a spot before, it would get a little bit blurry and I might have lost it a little bit, but now I can see the spots better and pick out small things easier than before.”


Of his failing eyesight, Garcia added: “I didn’t realise until July [that my sight was deteriorating]. I had always thought I had great vision. But I had astigmatism in the right [eye] and was 0.75 in the left.

“It’s not like I couldn’t play the way I was before. The main reason [for surgery] was that with glasses and contact lenses I felt very uncomfortable. I either did nothing or got laser eye surgery to get ride of it. I’m still getting used to it.

“It’s nice to come back after a long break and play well again. I hope to be able to shoot something similar over the next two days and have a chance. But the leaders will be in double figures today, around 11 or 12 under, so we’ll see.”

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