Super Spaniard Sergio Garcia is focused on winning this week’s Houston Open, which starts tomorrow, and has put all thoughts of the Masters to one side.
The world no.7 hasn’t won on the US Tour since 2012 and is quietly confident of warming up for the season’s first major in style in Texas.
He admits: "I think that there's no doubt that obviously the Masters is in the back of our minds, but I'm in Houston to play well, get in some good rhythm, and to have a chance at winning this week. As soon as Sunday finishes then I'll concentrate on the Masters.”
Garcia missed the cut at Augusta last year but nowadays is comfortable with the fact he may never win a major after coming close yet again in last year’s Open at Hoylake, finishing second behind Rory McIlroy.
He added: "If it comes down to me not winning any majors when I'm done with my golfing career, I'm not going to be sad.
"It's not the main thing. Obviously it's something nice to have, and if I get it I'm not going to give it back, but it's not the main thing in my life.
"I think as you get older, as you get more and more experience, you realise the important things in life.”
The Masters starts next Thursday and you can read Garcia’s exclusive insightful blow-by-blow, hole-by-hole guide to Augusta National in the latest issue of Today’s Golfer.