Garcia chasing home hat-trick
Sergio Garcia, winner of his last two events in Spain, will try to make that three in a row at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
The 31-year-old, on course for a return to the Ryder Cup side this September, lifted the Castello Masters by 11 shots on his home course last October and followed that with a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez in the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama a week later.
Finca Cortesin near Marbella is again the venue for the Match Play on May 17-20 and the other latest additions to the 24-man field are Northern Ireland's 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell, South Africans Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel, American Brandt Snedeker, Australian John Senden and Colombian Camilo Villegas.
Garcia said: "It is tough to qualify for such an elite field, so I am delighted to have won my place.
"I am hitting the ball really well and the confidence is coming, so I am looking forward to playing at Finca Cortesin very much. As everyone knows, I love match play and even more I love playing in Spain in front of my home fans, so I think this will be a great week for me."
Already announced were holder Ian Poulter, Open champion Darren Clarke, Scot Paul Lawrie, England's Justin Rose, Swede Peter Hanson, German Martin Kaymer, South Africa's Retief Goosen and Spanish duo Alvaro Quiros and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, but world top two Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald have decided not to play this year.
The format sees the players divided into eight groups of three for round-robin games on Thursday and Friday. The top two in each group progress to the last 16 knock-out stage.
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