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Garcia has low expectations for Australian visit

Garcia has low expectations for Australian visit

Weary from jet lag and not well prepared for his first tournament Down Under, Sergio Garcia will have one advantage in the Australian Masters.

He has a new caddie in Fanny Sunesson, who caddied for a decade for Nick Faldo. But Sunesson hasn't seen the course since alterations were made last year, bringing a flood of complaints from players.

Garcia flew into Melbourne from the United States on the eve of Thursday's opening round. The 20-year-old Spaniard had a practice round Wednesday. He also had time to discuss the Huntingdale layout with defending champion Craig Spence.

The two were stranded in California this week when bad weather held up the finish of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

"Don't expect me to do really, really well because it's too tough," Garcia said after playing the course for the first time. "If I had arrived on Tuesday, like I was going to, it would be a little better. But, hopefully, I can feel strong enough to finish near the top."

Garcia will join John Daly, Greg Norman, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby in the field of the $635,000 tournament.

Amateur Aaron Baddeley, who won the Australian Open at Royal Sydney in November, withdrew from the tournament Thursday with the flu.

Norman, a six-time winner, goes into this event after failing to make the cut at his signature tournament, the Greg Norman International, for the second straight year.

Three-time Australian Masters champion Craig Parry also pulled out after injuring his hamstring Monday while chasing a ball during a cricket match.

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