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Sergio Garcia’s week is only getting better.

The Spaniard looked destined to miss out on the action at Pinehurst this week, after losing in a 7-for-6 play-off at final qualifying last month.

But Garcia was added to the field on Monday as a first alternate before joining a historic club on Thursday.

He became only the sixth player to go bogey-free during a US Open round at Pinehurst No.2.

And after the round, Garcia was bullish on his chances, insisting he has nothing to prove in the game.

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“Do I have to prove anything? No, of course not,” he said. “No, I mean, I love what I do, which is playing golf. I’m a competitor. I try to do it the best I can.

“Would I like to play better and better every day? Of course I would. Who wouldn’t. When it comes down to proving things, I don’t think so. I think I’ve done well enough.”

The 44-year-old is competing in his 25th consecutive US Open this week, and his third championship at the Donald Ross-designed classic.

Now a Masters champion and a six-time Ryder Cup winner, he made his tournament debut in 2000 at the age of 20.

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Garcia had made plans to arrive at Pinehurst even if he wasn’t in the field, in the hope of grasping a spot at the eleventh hour.

And a one-under-par round of 69 certainly justified his place in the lineup.

“Obviously to shoot under par in a U.S. Open, which is a championship that I love, it’s always great,” Garcia said. “To go bogey-free is even greater. It’s something that I give a lot of respect to, and I’m very proud of.

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing this championship 25 years in a row, so not a lot of people get to do that, so I’m very, very happy to be here, and that’s why I keep trying to qualify and make it here.

“Very happy about the way I played, the way I managed my game throughout the whole round, and how patient I stayed all day.”

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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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