Refreshed Garcia returning to action in Malaysia


As the calendar drifts toward November, many players are winding down their busy playing schedules and looking toward the offseason. For Sergio Garcia, though, it's time to get back to work.

Garcia has been almost entirely out of action since the PGA Championship, playing just once in the last nine weeks. He opted to skip each of the first two FedEx Cup Playoff events, but his finish at the BMW Championship wasn't good enough to earn him a spot at the season finale.

As a result, the Spaniard returns to action this week at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia rather refreshed, even if his game is a little rusty.

"Well, my form is non-existent," Garcia said. "It's just a matter of going out there and getting in a good rhythm, getting some good confidence going, and manage to put yourself up there with a chance. So that's the goal for this week."

Garcia has given himself a chance each of the last two years in Kuala Lumpur, following a T-11 finish in 2013 with a runner-up last year. 

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"I guess I just managed to play well both years. It's the kind of course that you have to drive the ball well," he said. "It's asking you to hit a lot of good shots, because if you start hitting from the rough, there's a lot of shots into the greens that are very difficult to get close and even hold the green."

After this week, Garcia will head to China for two events in the European Tour's Race to Dubai. He was quick to point out that just because he hasn't played a tournament round since mid-September doesn't mean his game has deserted him entirely.

"Don't get me wrong. I said (my form) is non-existent because I haven't played. I'm not saying that I'm not playing well," he said. "Practicing is always easy when it comes down to tournament, it's always a little bit more tense, and it's a little bit tougher to play as well as you do on the practice rounds.

"But I've been practicing and it doesn't mean that I haven't been playing at all, it just means competition-wise I haven't played that much."