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Sergio Garcia hoping for brotherly boost
April 21, 2011

Sergio Garcia’s brother will step in as his stop-gap caddie when the Spaniard tees off on Thursday in the China Open aiming to end a lengthy title drought.

Victor Junior will carry the bag for Garcia, part of a rich field at the Luxehills International Country Club in Chengdu which includes major winners Padraig Harrington and South Korean Yang Yong-eun.

“My brother is caddying for me. Both my caddies Glenn and Gary—Glenn is getting married and Gary is best man. So I’ve brought my third best caddie—my brother,” Garcia told the OneAsia Tour in an interview.

“He has caddied for me before as an amateur and in a couple of pro events when I was an amateur and in some events in Spain. He’s a good player himself so he knows what he is doing.”

Garcia’s last victory was at the 2009 European Tour’s HSBC Champions in Shanghai after which he climbed to a career-high second in the world rankings.

But the 31-year old has struggled since, taking a break from the game last year after a poor run of form.

The Spaniard showed signs of improvement in the U.S. Masters at Augusta this month and hopes to carry that form through the weekend at the $3 million event which is co-sanctioned by the European and OneAsia Tours.

“I think the Masters for the most part was quite positive. Unfortunately, I had a bad nine holes on Saturday afternoon. Other than that it was another step in the right direction,” he said.

“I’m definitely enjoying myself out there a little more and that’s the most important thing.”

The Spaniard, who will watch Wednesday’s King’s Cup final between Barcelona and Real Madrid before teeing off on Thursday, felt it was a matter of time before he started winning again.

“Mainly (I was) just not playing well enough. That’s the main reason. I feel good and that my game is coming along nicely. It’s just a matter of time,” he said.

“I need to keep putting myself in winning situations and I’ll get used to it and it will happen.”

As he tees off, Garcia will have the best of wishes from his friend and tennis world number one Rafael Nadal.

“There’s a lot of great things from our friendship. We played together in Miami just before the Masters. He is a wonderful guy,” Garcia said of his fellow Spaniard.

“We always keep in touch. We always wish each other the best. He’s always paying attention to what I do and I always watch what he does.”

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