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Olazabal plays down Garcia's chances

U.S. Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal believes long hours of travel may take their toll on fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia in the Million Dollar Challenge this week.

Garcia flew in from the United States on Tuesday evening for his debut in the lucrative invitation tournament on Thursday.

"The flight could wear him out physically and catch up with him later in the week," Olazabal, who lost by one shot to David Frost in the 1990 edition of the tournament, said.

Olazabal, making his fourth appearance in Sun City, was the first to arrive on Sunday and sample the Gary Player Country Club course, infamous for its punishing rough and length.

Zimbabwe's Nick Price chases a record third consecutive victory in a 12-man line-up which contains seven players from Europe.

But Olazabal most fancies the chances of local favourite Ernie Els.

"The more often Ernie plays here the better his chances are. He is a great player and hits the ball a long way," Olazabal said.

"Miguel Angel Jiminez also stands a chance. He doesn't hit that far but hits the ball straight, which is crucial here."

Els has twice narrowly missed the $1million first prize, to Britain's Colin Montgomerie in 1996 and to Price in 1997.

Montgomerie, winner of a record seventh European Tour Order of Merit title, returns to lead Europe's challenge.

British Open champion Paul Lawrie will make his debut in the tournament.

Field: Colin Montgomerie (Scotland), John Huston (U.S.), Jim Furyk (U.S.), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain), Carlos Franco (Paraguay), Ernie Els (South Africa), Lee Westwood (England), Nick Price (Zimbabwe), Paul Lawrie (Scotland), Darren Clarke (Northern Ireland), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Miguel Angel Jiminez (Spain).