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Woods aiming to deny Garcia his first major

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HOYLAKE, England, July 23 (Reuters) Sergio Garcia goes in search of his first major championship triumph in the final round of the British Open today.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, however, will have to cope with the pressure of playing in the last pairing alongside world number one Tiger Woods who has never lost a major while leading going into the last round.

Champion Woods will focus on his efforts on getting back to his best after struggling to a one-under-par 71 yesterday for a 13-under aggregate of 203.

Garcia, who burst through the pack with a third-round 65, is likely to have the lion's share of the support from a Hoylake crowd keen to salute the first European victory at the British Open since Briton Paul Lawrie won at Carnoustie in 1999.

A 19-year-old Garcia ran Woods close at the 1999 US PGA Championship in Medinah where he famously played his approach shot from under a tree at the 16th in the final round and jumped excitedly to see the result of his efforts.

But Woods played down the idea it would turn into a last-day shootout between him and the Spaniard.

''It's not just Sergio and myself,'' said the 10-times major winner. ''There's a whole bunch of guys up there.'' Alongside Garcia on 12-under was American Chris DiMarco and South African Ernie Els, the 2002 champion.

A further stroke back on 11-under were Jim Furyk of the US and Argentine Angel Cabrera.

Hideto Tanihara spearheads the Japanese challenge on 10-under.

Woods and Garcia tee off at 1430 local time (1330 GMT).

REUTERS DH KN0909

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