European Tour European Tour: Sergio Garcia makes European Masters return

It has been nine years since Sergio Garcia played the European Masters, but the Spaniard has every reason to be confident in Crans Montana.

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The dust has barely settled from Zach Johnson's triumph at The Open, but the European Tour returns in full swing with Sergio Garcia attempting to continue his excellent record at the European Masters.

Garcia is ending a nine-year absence to return to the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

The Spaniard has fond memories of the event, having finished in the top four on his previous three visits - including winning the tournament in 2005.

A year later Garcia had to settle for fourth as Bradley Dredge romped away to win by eight strokes to take the honours.

Garcia is in good form heading to the Alpine town, though, having tied for sixth at The Open.

Golf's oldest major only finished on Monday after stormy weekend weather at St Andrews caused havoc with the schedule.

Garcia is not the only one hot-footing it from Scotland, with the likes of Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood all in action - the latter looking for a second European Masters having lifted the trophy in 1999.

David Lipsky is the man defending the title after beating Graeme Storm in a play-off 12 months ago, and the American would be the first player since the legendary Seve Ballesteros in 1978 to win the European Masters back-to-back.

"It's great to be back in Crans as the defending champion, it's a beautiful part of the world and I couldn't have picked a better place to win my first European Tour event," Lipsky told the Tour's official website.

"I was a little nervous in the play-off, but knowing I could control my emotions under that pressure gave me so much confidence and belief in myself, which I carried through the rest of the season."

Also in action this weekend is American Patrick Reed, who will be contesting his first European Tour event since 2011, while Englishman Danny Willett will attempt to show the kind of form that made him an Open contender.

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