Garrido happy with comeback after fearing the end

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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Two years ago Ignacio Garrido feared his career might be over so it is hardly surprising he has worn an almost permanent grin throughout this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Spaniard won the European Tour's flagship event in 2003 but 10 years later was told he had glandular fever.

Garrido spent a long time bed-ridden and unable to walk but he has slowly worked his way back toward full fitness and last week's Spanish Open at El Prat represented his competitive return after 18 months out.

"There were times when I thought I had played my last event so that's why I keep smiling all the time," the 43-year-old told Reuters in an interview after a closing 73 gave him a respectable two-under total of 286.

"I'm happy because I'm playing again. I think there is always a reason to smile.

"There are a lot of really bad things in the world. I've always felt privileged to do what I do and now that I've gone a year and a half without playing, being back here at Wentworth is a privilege."

Garrido, who also won the German Open in 1997, completed all four rounds at El Prat and said he was pleasantly surprised by the form he had shown over the last two weeks.

"It's great," he added. "It makes me feel I'm not as far away as I thought I was and maybe that all the work I've done in the last 20 years has been a help."   Continued...

 
Ignacio Garrido of Spain hits from a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the Estoril Portuguese Open golf tournament in Sintra June 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante