Garcia plays at the Mediterraneo Club de Golf in Borriol, Spain, where his father Victor is the golf professional, and where Sergio was club champion at age 12. Known as "El Nino" with cause, he started playing golf at age 3, won his club championship at age 12, and played off scratch at age 13. He made his European Tour debut at age 15 at the 1995 Turespana Open Mediterrania, making the cut and finishing at 4-over-par 292. Garcia then played in his first major championship at age 16, the 1996 British Open, but it wasn't until he was a 17-year-old amateur that he won his first professional tournament, the 1997 Catalonian Open (a Spanish PGA event), shooting three successive rounds of 64. He holds the European Tour record for the lowest score ever by an amateur, 277, at the 1998 Peugeot Spanish Open, where he finished T-34th. He owns the same record on the Nike Tour with his 272 total at the 1998 Nike Greensboro Open, his T-3rd finish the lowest ever by an amateur on that tour. . . Garcia won the 1995 European Amateur, at age 15 the youngest winner of that tournament, and in 1998 won the British Amateur. at the 1998 U.S. Amateur, lost a semifinals match by Tom McKnight after defeating Matt Kuchar in the quarterfinals. . .In amateur tournaments in 1997 and '98 he played in 21 events, winning 17 of them. Was runner-up three times and third once. His scoring average in those tournaments was 69.65 and in 52 rounds been under par 42 times and broken 60, 32 times. His match play record is 32 wins and only one loss. . .Turned professional right after the 1999 Masters. . .Member of the 1999, 2002 and 2004 European Ryder Cup Team.
5 - 1999 Murphy's Irish Open, Linde German Masters, 2001 Trophee Lancome, 2002 Canarias Open de Espana, 2004 Mallorca Classic.
6 - 2001 MasterCard Colonial, Buick Classic, 2002 Mercedes Championship, 2004 EDS Byron Nelson, Buick Classic, 2005 Booz Allen Classic.
- 1997 Catalonian Open, 2001 Nedbank Golf Challenge, 2002 Kolon Cup Korean Open, 2003 Nedbank Golf Challenge
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15 (3 as an amateur); in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.56; money ?1,317,693 or £941,209 (ranked 3rd); winner, Murphy's Irish Open and Linde German Masters.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.28; money $784,917 (ranked 53rd); best finish, 2nd, PGA Championship.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.89 (ranked 14th); money ?599,241 or £356,383 (ranked 21st); best finish T5th, Volvo PGA Championship and American Express Championship.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 52 ; in money -14; top-10 finishes - 5; money $1,054,338 (ranked 42nd); best finish 3rd at the Buick Classic and Bell Canadian Open
Scoring - 70.23 / (21st); driving distance - 278.3 / (39th); driving accuracy -73.6% / (26th); GIR - 61.9% / (176th); putting - 1.733 / (4th); birdie average - 3.88 per rd / (24th) / total birdies - 202; sand saves - 62.2% / (12th); scrambling - 59.6% / (99th); all-around rank - 307 / (6th)
Lost in a playoff to Mike Weir in the Tour Championship
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 69.53 (ranked 3rd); money ?715,288 or £444,737 (ranked 27th); winner Trophee Lancome.
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; rounds played - 60 ; in money -14; top-10 finishes - 8; money $2,898,635 (ranked 6th); Winner at the MasterCard Colonial and Buick Classic
Scoring - 69.13 / (3rd); driving distance - 287.8 / (22nd); driving accuracy -73.1% / (24th); GIR - 68.0% / (54); putting - 1.740 / (24th); birdie average - 4.07 per rd / (14th) / total birdies - 244; sand saves - 56.8% / (31st); scrambling - 61.0% / (70th); all-around rank - 184 / (2nd)
Only player this year to finish in the top-ten in all four majors. Started the year winning a playoff against David Toms at the Mercedes Championship.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average 70.43 (ranked 7th); money ?1,488,728 or £949,232 (ranked 6th); winner Canarias Open de Espana.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; rounds played - 72 ; in money -19; top-10 finishes - 9; money $2,401,993 (ranked 12th); Winner at the Mercedes Championships
Scoring - 70.00 / (10th); driving distance - 290.5 / (14th); driving accuracy -68.3% / (84th); GIR - 64.5% / (130th); putting - 1.751 / (35th); birdie average - 3.65 per rd / (90th) / total birdies - 263; sand saves - 52.2% / (76th); all-around rank - 445 / (21st).
Spent most of the year adjusting to a swing change.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.83 (ranked 20th); money ?496,521 or £346,179 (ranked 49th); Best finish T6th, Telefonica Open de Madrid.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; Rounds Played - 57; in money - 12; top -10 Finishes - 2; money $666,386 Rank (95th); Best finish: T-4th at the Buick Classic
Scoring - 70.56 / (48th); Driving Distance - 300.9 / (7th); Driving Accuracy - 57.4% / (181st); GIR - 66.1% / (77th); Putting - 1.808 / (175th); Birdie Average - 3.49 per rd / (122nd) / Total Birdies - 199; Sand Saves - 49.5% / (107th); All-Around Rank - 727 / (84th).
Beat Dudley Hart and Robert Damron in a playoff to win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, then beat Rory Sabbatini and Padraig Harrington in a playoff to win the Buick Classic.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 69.94 (ranked 4th); money ?1,336,254 or £924,052 (ranked 13th); Winner Mallorca Classic.
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; Rounds Played - 64; in money - 16; top -10 Finishes - 5; money $3,239,215 Rank (9th); Best finish: Win at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship & Buick Classic
Scoring - 69.80 / (6th); Driving Distance - 295.1 / (33rd); Driving Accuracy - 58.5% / (170th); GIR - 70.8% / (4th); Putting - 1.790 / (129th); Birdie Average - 3.78 per rd / (32nd) / Total Birdies - 242; Sand Saves - 48.1% / (111th); All-Around Rank - 512 / (24th).
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