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Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia will begin his bid for a third successive Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation title in the company of two European Tour winners on Thursday.

The local favourite successfully defended his crown at last year's weather affected edition, which was reduced to 54 holes and finished on Monday following a series of delays and suspensions.

And the Ryder Cup star is back on home soil this week as he aims to make it three in a row at Real Club Valderrama, teeing it up alongside last month's Betfred British Masters champion Marcus Kinhult and five time European Tour winner Matthew Fitzpatrick from the tenth at 08.40 on day one.

World Number 11 and home hope Jon Rahm will also be in elite company when he gets his first round under way at 13.40 on Thursday afternoon.

The 2018 Open de España champion will play his first two rounds with countryman Jorge Campillo, who is the only Spanish winner on the European Tour so far this season following his victory at the Trophee Hassan II, and Italian Guido Migliozzi - already a two time winner in his rookie season.

Last week's BMW International Open winner Andrea Pavan tees off ten minutes later with Australia's Scott Hend and home hope Adrian Otaegui at 13.50.

In-form American David Lipsky is an early starter on day one, beginning his opening round at 08.30 with Austria's Matthias Schwab and Englishman Paul Waring.

Spanish golf great José María Olazábal, who has 23 European Tour titles to his name, starts from the tenth at 09.20 on Thursday, playing alongside Romain Wattel and Andrew Johnston.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BEZUIDENHOUT, ChristiaanRSA18-10
T2QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-4
T2LORENZO-VERA, MikeFRA18-4
T2ARNAUS, AdriESP18-4
T2DE LA RIVA, EduardoESP18-4
T2RAHM, JonESP18-4

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