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Sergio Garcia

  • Birthplace: Castellon, Spain
  • Residence: Borriol, Spain
  • Age: 28
  • Turned Pro: 1999
  • Eligibility Code: 0

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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. Garcia then played in his first major championship at age 16, the 1996 British Open, and as a 17-year-old amateur 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 T34. He owns the same record on the Nike Tour with his 272 total at the 1998 Nike Greensboro Open, his T3RD 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 to 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. . .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
7 - 2001 MasterCard Colonial, Buick Classic, 2002 Mercedes Championship, 2004 EDS Byron Nelson, Buick Classic, 2005 Booz Allen Classic, 2008 Players Championship.

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

Career Summary

1999 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 15 (3 as an amateur); in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.56; money - (Euro)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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.89 (ranked 14th); money - (Euro)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

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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 69.53 (ranked 3rd); money - (Euro)715,288 or ?444,737 (ranked 27th); Winner, Trophee Lancome.

2001 Notes
Lost in a playoff to Mike Weir in the Tour Championship

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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 70.43 (ranked 7th); money - (Euro)1,488,728 or ?949,232 (ranked 6th); Winner, Canarias Open de Espana.

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 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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.83 (ranked 20th); money - (Euro)496,521 or ?346,179 (ranked 49th); best finish -T6th, Telefonica Open de Madrid.

2003 Notes
Spent most of the year adjusting to a swing change.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 57; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $666,386; (ranked 95th); best finish - T4th 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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 69.94 (ranked 4th); money - (Euro)1,336,254 or ?924,052 (ranked 13th); Winner, Mallorca Classic.

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 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 & 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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 69.68 (ranked 1st); money - (Euro)1,828,545 or ?1,235,912 (ranked 6th); Winner, Omega European Masters

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

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 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.04 (ranked 2nd); money - (Euro)1,456,752 or ?975,885 (ranked 11th); best finish -2nd Mallorca Classic & T2nd Volvo Masters.

2006 Notes
Highlights of season were Top-10 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 Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; rounds played - 55; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 6; money - $1,560,733; (ranked 49th); best finish - T3RD 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).

2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.38 (ranked 50th); money - (Euro)1,228,267 or ?861,597 (ranked 15th); best finish -2nd British Open.

2007 Notes
Made more in earnings than any other year on the PGA Tour but had no wins.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; rounds played - 66; in money - 16; Top-10 Finishes - 7; money - $3,721,185; (ranked 9th); best finish - 2nd at The Players & British Open

2007 Stats
scoring average - 69.48 / (7th); driving distance - 294.2 / (55th); driving accuracy - 56.2% / (184th); GIR - 64.5% / (105th); putting - 1.751 / (15th); birdie average - 3.61 per rd / (32nd) / total birdies - 238; sand saves - 53.0% / (56th); all-around rank - 518 / (20th).

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