Garcia excited by Olympics prospect


Sergio Garcia is relishing the prospect of representing Spain at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 36-year-old climbed to 11th in the Olympic Golf rankings following his weekend triumph at the AT&T Byron Nelson and is now looking ahead to what may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Rio.

"I couldn't be more proud of representing my country," he told the Asian Tour website. "The players who preceded me never had this opportunity and I wish to thank all those that made it possible.

"My father taught me that besides playing well and trying to win tournaments, I must try to leave a little something to make things better.

"When I retire, I hope to have given my small contribution to golf.

"I don't know the feeling of actually being in the Games, but I am a big fan and I follow them on TV. I am looking forward to the experience of living at the Olympic Village.

"These might be my last games, so I want to live them fully. The opening ceremony and actually meeting the athletes that I admire on TV will be awesome."

Major honours have famously eluded Garcia, who has claimed top-five finishes 10 times at golf's four leading tournaments.