Garcia aims to please
A SPANISH professional golfer called Garcia will tee off at the Burrum District Golf Club in Howard over the next two days.
It won’t be superstar Sergio adding a bit of international flair to the two tournaments worth $15,000 at the little club – that will be up to 23-year-old Daniel Tyzzer Garcia.
The Gold Coast-based Garcia will be one of 46 professionals hitting the fairways and greens at the picturesque club.
This morning, the professionals will contest the nine-hole corporate Pro-am, with the leading three earning a place in the fourth annual $5000, five-hole, four player skins match which starts at 1.30pm.
They will all contest the $10,000 18-hole Pro am tomorrow.
But how is it Garcia, who will be the first European to play in the Burrum tournaments, is actually playing here?
Well, Garcia, who was born in the United States (his mother is Spanish and he moved to Spain when he was two) is keen to have a hit after being ill for a while.
The last tournament he played in was the US$750,000 Indonesian Masters at Royal Jakarta which was won by England’s Lee Westwood, the world number two, in April.
He’s battled an ear infection since then but he’s on the mend now and aiming to find some form on what will be his first trip to the Fraser Coast.
“Well, that’s the plan,” Garcia, who turned professional last year and played in the 2010 Australian PGA Championship at Coolum, laughed.
“I am using the trip to hopefully blow away the cobwebs and have a good time while doing it – I am looking forward to it.
“My ambition is to play on the European Tour and playing in tournaments such as this one at Burrum and in different environments will help my game.”
It comes as no surprise that Garcia said he followed the progress of his compatriots on the major tours.
“I am a big fan of Sergio (Garcia) of course and I love the charisma of Miguel Angel Jimenez – I also love his consistency.
“I’d love nothing more than to call them my friends one day.”