The magnetic Spaniard is squeezing everything he can into his first trip to Australia for seven years, which is why he ended up with a wedge-tailed eagle perched on his gloved left forearm just 13 hours before Thursday’s near-dawn tee time. Garcia’s passion for adventure has flamed afresh with new bride Angela beside him, which explains ogling an albino dingo, feeding kangaroos, being entwined with a python and the eagle meeting at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary after Wednesday’s pro-am. HAT-TRICK? CHALMERS MAKES HIS MOVE “There were a few nervous glances but I got told not to stare ... or you never know what happens,” Garcia said of the adrenaline-pumping moments with the king of Australia’s birdlife. Sergio Garcia and wife Angela Hamann at Currumbin wildlife sanctuary. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images South Australian leftie Adam Bland (66) and Sydney’s Jordan Zunic (66), with a final-hole eagle, lead after the opening round and ageless Peter Senior, at 58, carded a superb 67 when missing just one of the 18 greens in regulation. There was little doubt that the Masters champion and his reputation ruled at Royal Pines on Thursday, when he defied the day’s toughest conditions to shoot a five-under-par 67 in his first tournament round on the course. Nearly holing two bunker shots for par saves from wet sand after a cloudburst delayed play early in his round stirred roars from more than 200 hardy fans who had set alarms to be at the course for his 6.10am tee time, beside fellow drawcard Adam Scott (71). It’s nearly impossible to live up to your billing when you are the one big foreign headliner yet Garcia did with his earliest tee time in 18 years as a pro. “Yeah, I want to say it was the closest I’ve had a dinner and a breakfast ever ... I’ve never teed off at 6.10 in a tournament,” Garcia said with a smile. “I thought there were going to be like 10 or 12 people at the first tee but there were probably 200 to 300 people so that was really, really nice to see.” They’d come to see wizardry and they got it. It came with a freakish birdie on his 12th hole, a par five, when he visited the trees left and right before slicing a 174m three iron around a tree