Fate will determine whether he gets to play in British Open, says Garcia

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Sergio Garcia and caddie Glenn Murray would love to make it into the British Open, but Garcia says he won't alter his lifestyle to do so.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 5:51 p.m.

Sergio Garcia says destiny will determine whether he will play at the British Open next month after edging closer to a spot in the Royal St. George’s field at the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Victory or second place in Munich would earn Garcia a place at Royal St. George’s. But after finishing his third round just two shots behind English leader Mark Foster thanks to a 64, he believes he would have achieved only half of the job.

The Spaniard insists he will not alter his lifestyle to ensure his presence on the first tee at the British Open.

“Everybody knows that the Open is my favorite event so I would not enjoy missing it,” he said. “If that is the case, well, it is what it is.

“I’ve said it before. Obviously I’m not going to jump off the roof, and I hope that nothing happens, but I am going to do what I love doing,” he added. “If I’m not meant to play the Open, even if I qualify, then I won’t play, something will happen.

“Even if I stay in bed, something could happen that will make me not play in the Open,” he explained. “So I’m a huge believer in that, and I’ve got to do what I love doing and I’ve got to live my life.”

Garcia revealed he was going to play a soccer game Monday.

“Golf is not the only thing I have in life, and I’m very thankful for that,” he said. “If I’m meant to get injured, I mean, I’ve injured myself playing golf before. So you can’t control those kind of things.”

Garcia missed an eagle on the 11th, and a bogey on the 17th prevented him from leading going into the final round, but he was nevertheless satisfied.

“It was a huge round for us,” he said. “We knew that we needed to do something important to have a chance of getting to the British Open.

“I’m a little disappointed with the bogey on 17. It looked like a birdie, but unfortunately we made bogey. But other than that, I think it was very nice.”