'Mentally tired' Garcia opens with 74 at Spanish Open

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Sergio Garcia admittedly was flat Thursday at the Spanish Open, shooting a 3-over 74 in the first round of the tournament hosted by his foundation. He is currently eight shots back of Alexander Levy.

This is Garcia’s seventh event in the past two months. After his first round at Valderrama, he attributed his sluggish start to mental fatigue. 

“I’m in a difficult moment of the season,” he told reporters afterward. “I’m a little bit mentally tired, I guess, which is disappointing for me to come here to the Spanish Open and feel like I am not maybe as strong mentally as I would like to be. I just have to fight hard and get through it. I am going to have a nice break after this, which I feel like I need.” 

Garcia, who has dual membership on the PGA and European tours, said his schedule this year is particularly hectic. Last year, the European Tour announced that it was relaxing its membership requirements, with players required to compete in only five sanctioned events outside of the majors and World Golf Championship events.   

"Scheduling-wise, with the Olympics and everything, you have to find a way of getting your numbers (of tournaments) up in America and Europe earlier on in the year," he said. "Unfortunately, you have to go through stretches where I would not like to play as much but I have to."