sport news Sergio Garcia unfazed as bookmakers place doubt on his chances of retaining ...

Defending champion Sergio Garcia is unconcerned at not being considered likely to make up an elite Masters foursome, having written off his chances of winning a major title before last year's triumph.

Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods are the only players to have won back-to-back titles at Augusta National, and the bookmakers are not overly optimistic about Garcia's prospects of following suit.

Despite winning earlier in the season, as he did last year, and recording three other top-10 finishes, Garcia's odds of a second straight victory are higher than the likes of Paul Casey, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler or Jason Day winning a first green jacket.

Sergio Garcia fancies his chances of retaining the Master championship in Augusta this year

Sergio Garcia fancies his chances of retaining the Master championship in Augusta this year

They are also double those of the man he beat in a dramatic play-off 12 months ago, Justin Rose, but as a new father Garcia has far more pressing things to think about.

'That doesn't really matter to me because at the end of the day I know what I'm capable of and I know how I'm playing,' Garcia said on a teleconference conducted from hospital on the day his daughter Azalea - named after the 13th hole at Augusta - was born.

'Obviously I feel like my game is in good shape. I'm really happy with all my new equipment. I've had a couple of good weeks so I'm excited to go back there and defend my title as well as I can be and as well as I can do.

Garcia won the title last year after beating Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose in a shoot-out

Garcia won the title last year after beating Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose in a shoot-out

'If I'm looked at as a favourite or not it doesn't really matter, because it depends on myself and what I do and on what I believe.'

Garcia's belief that he was 'not good enough' to win a major and

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