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Sergio Garcia is a Spanish professional golf player who competes on both the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) Tour and the European Tour. He has won 35 international tournaments, the 2008 Players Championship, and the 2017 Masters Tournament. Sergio Garcia is also the Chairman of the Spanish Football team, CF Borriol.
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Key Facts & Information
BIOGRAPHY AND EARLY LIFE
- Sergio García Fernández was born in Borriol, Spain, on January 9, 1980. His parents are Victor Garcia and Consuelo Garcia. Sergio Garcia’s father was also a professional golfer. His father was also his first golf instructor when he began playing at the age of three.
- Sergio Garcia’s family enjoyed playing golf, and later on, golf became their passion. Sergio’s brother and sister also play golf, but he was the most talented of the three.
- At the age of two, Sergio began copying his father’s swing by using a broom or a feather duster. His father cut down a set of clubs for him when he was three years old. Sergio’s interest and passion for gold started at that time.
- Sergio would walk the course at Mediterraneo Golf Club and practiced hitting difficult shots between trees and uneven lies on his own.
- Apart from golf, Sergio played tennis and soccer with his childhood friends in Borriol. The town provided a perfect backdrop for outdoor sports.
- Sergio’s role model was Seve Ballesteros. Ballesteros is a legendary Spaniard who won the Masters twice and the British Open three times. Sergio mimicked Ballesteros and pretended that he was playing to win a major championship.
- When Sergio was a kid, he was a long hitter. His father taught him an unusual swing for him to use on a steep downward movement to whip the clubhead through the ball.
- At the age of nine, Sergio received his first set of full-sized clubs.
- Later on, Sergio took Spain’s 12-and-under title. He fired his first sub-70 round in 1992. Also, he claimed Mediterraneo’s club championship. This was when he earned the title “El Nino”.
- In 1994, Sergio won the Topolino World Junior Championship.
- However, the biggest moment during that season was when he played with his idol, Seve Ballesteros.
- At the age of 15, he started joining several amateur tournaments. By that time, he also became the youngest-ever winner of the European Amateur Championship. In the following year, he was already making appearances in European Tour tournaments. When Sergio made his first cut at the 1995 Turespaña Open Mediterranea, he was recorded as the youngest golf player to make a cut on the European Tour.
- In 1997, he won the R&A’s Boys Amateur Championship. In the same year, Sergio won his first-ever professional tournament, the Catalan Open Championship. A year later, Sergio won the British Amateur Championship.
- At the age of 19, Sergio started his professional career strong. He won the European Tour twice and was awarded the tour’s Rookie of the Year. During the PGA Championship, Sergio became the youngest player to win that major. He adopted a stroke-play (the most common form of golf) format in 1998 when he shot 66 in the first round.
- During his rookie year, the most significant moment and one of the most memorable moments in his career happened when he trailed Tiger Woods (American professional golfer) by two strokes with three holes to play in the final round of the PGA Championship.
- Sergio placed second, a shot behind the winner, Tiger Woods. Many people expected that Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods would have a major rivalry. Sergio’s career expectations rapidly increased from high to very high.
- Some golf experts and fans argued that Sergio’s career did not live up to his early hype. However, his career has been significant.
- Sergio had 10 wins on the PGA Tour and 14 wins on the European Tour. In 2001, his first PGA Tour win happened at the Colonial. He also had three multi-win years on the European Tour and two on the PGA Tour.
- Sergio also led the PGA Tour scoring average in 2008, and he was the European Tour Player of the Year in 2017. He reached as high as #2 in the world rankings.
- Even though he won many tours, something “major” was missing from his record.
- What Sergio was missing was a win in a major championship. He was runner-up in the 1999 PGA Championship and had 22 Top 10 finishes in majors, but no victories.
- These instances clearly weighed on him both professionally and personally. During interviews, he usually sounded discouraged when discussing his performance during majors.
- During the British Open in 2007, Sergio led the first three rounds. However, a bogey on the 72nd hole dropped him into a tie with Padraig Harrington, and he eventually lost the championship. At the 2014 British Open, Sergio tied for second.
- At the 2017 Masters, Sergio finally won his first major championship title.
- Sergio led the tournament after the second and third rounds, but he missed a five-foot putt on the 72nd hole that would have won the tournament. Instead, he was tied up with Justin Rose, and they played a sudden-death playoff.
- On the first playoff hole, he drained a 12-foot birdie putt to win the Masters and his first major championship trophy in his 74th attempt.
THE RYDER CUP
- The Ryder Cup is played every other year between Europe and the United States’ professional golfers. Sergio represented Team Europe in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
- In Sergio’s first appearance at the Ryder Cup in 1999, he set a record as the youngest-ever competitor in the Ryder Cup. This record still stands up until now.
- In 2018, he broke the all-time record for the most career points earned.
- During his first Ryder Cup, he won three of his four double matches and halved the other. This earned him 3.5 points for the European side.
- Sergio’s overall Ryder Cup match record is 22 wins, 12 losses, 7 halves. He has a winning percentage of 62.2%. Sergio is considered as one of the best-ever Ryder Cup golfers.
Sergio Garcia Worksheets
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