Sergio Garcia gives himself ‘two per cent chance’ of Race to Dubai win

Sergio Garcia has played down his chances of chances of Race to Dubai victory as he looks to end his season strongly at the DP World Tour Championship.

The Spaniard is one of only two players who can still overtake Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the standings, although needs a win at Jumeirah Golf Estates to have any chance of finishing European No 1.

Garcia would require Fleetwood to finish outside the top 12 and finish Justin Rose to finish fourth of worse, even with a win, although the Masters champion won’t be focusing on those around him in the final event of the season.

“I’m not going to change the way I go out there,” Garcia told a pre-tournament press conference. “I can’t control what the other people do.

“What I’m going to do is I’m going to go out there and try to do what I do every week, which is to play the best I can play and give myself the best option of winning this week.

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“To be totally honest, I see a two percent chance of me winning The Race to Dubai, but I’m fine with it. I can live with it. It’s been a great year, and that’s not going to change.”

Garcia is a three-time winner in 2017 but hasn’t featured since claiming victory on home soil at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, missing the opportunity to close the gap on Fleetwood at the WGC-HSBC Champions and two Rolex Series events.

“Winning The Race to Dubai is great, but I’m not going to change my whole life for it,” Garcia added. “I had some important things that I needed to take care of.

“I’m happy finishing second, third or fourth or whatever I finish at the end of the week. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean that my year is not going to be as good as it has been.”

Watch the DP World Tour Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins with the preview show on Wednesday from 11am.