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Sergio Garcia

  • Birthplace: Castellon, Spain
  • Residence: Borriol, Spain
  • Birthdate: January 9, 1980
  • Age: 27 Ht.:
  • Turned Pro: 1999
  • Eligibility Code: 6

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Player Notes

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 3 times and in 3rd place 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, 2004 and 2006 European Ryder Cup Team.

Career Victories

European Tour
6 - 1999 Murphy's Irish Open, Linde German Masters, 2001 Trophee Lancome, 2002 Canarias Open de Espana, 2004 Mallorca Classic, 2005 Omega European Masters.

PGA Tour
6 - 2001 MasterCard Colonial, Buick Classic, 2002 Mercedes Championship, 2004 EDS Byron Nelson, Buick Classic, 2005 Booz Allen Classic.

Other
1997 Catalonian Open, 2001 Nedbank Golf Challenge, 2002 Kolon Cup Korean Open, 2003 Nedbank Golf Challenge

Career Summary

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 GBP 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 GBP 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

2000 Stats
scoring average - 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)

2001 Notes
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 GBP 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

2001 Stats
scoring average - 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)

2002 Notes
Only player this year to finish in the Top-10 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 GBP 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

2002 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2003 Notes
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 GBP 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; (ranked 95th); best finish - T-4th at the Buick Classic

2003 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2004 Notes
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 GBP 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; (ranked 9th); best finish - Win at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and Buick Classic

2004 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2005 Notes
Posted two Top-10 s at majors, bringing Top-10 total to 10 in 26 starts.

2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 69.68 (ranked 1st); money - $1,828,545 or GBP 1,235,912 (ranked 6th); Winner, Omega European Masters

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 68; in money - 1; Top-10 finishes - 8; money - $3,213,375; (ranked 10th); best finish - Win at the Booz Allen Classic

2005 Stats
scoring average - 69.64 / (7th); driving distance - 303.5 / (10th); driving accuracy - 59.4% / (153rd); GIR - 71.8% / (1st); putting - 1.827 / (196th); birdie average - 3.74 per rd / (29th) / total birdies - 254; sand saves - 49.5% / (89th); all-around; rank - 536 / (22nd).

2006 Notes
Highlights of season were Top-10 s in two major championships, the British Open (T5) and PGA Championship (T3), along with a 4-1-0 record for European Ryder Cup squad..

2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.04 (ranked 2nd); money - $1,456,752 or GBP 975,885 (ranked 11th); best finish -2nd Mallorca Classic and T2nd Volvo Masters.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; rounds played - 55; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 6; money - $1,560,733; (ranked 49th); best finish - T-3 at the PGA Championship

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.57 / (39th); driving distance - 292.7 / (71st); driving accuracy - 61.1% / (129th); GIR - 67.4% / (37th); putting - 1.802 / (158th); birdie average - 3.82 per rd / (23rd) / total birdies - 210; sand saves - 46.7% / (130th); all-around; rank - 636 / (55th).

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