Sergio Garcia

Castellón, Spain

Sergio Garcia (born January 9, 1980), nicknamed El Nino, is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on both the United States PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings (over 200 weeks between 2000 and 2007). He has yet to win a professional major championship, having most recently lost the 2007 Open Championship in a playoff.

Garcia began playing golf at the age of three, taught by his father, Vitor. He was a star player as a junior, winning his club championship at age twelve. Four years later, he set a record as the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event, the 1995 Turespana Open Mediterranea. Also in 1995, he became the youngest player to win the European Amateur. In 1998, he won the British Amateur.

Garcia turned professional in 1999 after shooting the lowest amateur score in the 1999 Masters Tournament. He first achieved prominence with a duel against Tiger Woods in the 1999 PGA Championship, where he eventually finished second. Late in the final round, Garcia hit his most famed shot: with his ball up against a tree trunk and the green hidden from view, he swung hard with his eyes shut and hit a low curving fade that ran up onto the green.

He won his first PGA Tour tournament at the 2001 MasterCard Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas and won again at the Buick Classic the same year. In 2002, he won the Mercedes Championships and in 2004, Garcia won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the Buick Classic for the second time. His sixth PGA Tour victory came at the 2005 Booz Allen Classic. He also plays a limited schedule on the European Tour, where he has won six times.

Garcia was a member of the European Ryder Cup team in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and holds an impressive career record at the Ryder Cup of 14-3-3. As three of his appearances have resulted in overall victories, Garcia’s input in the team has proved invaluable. He had risen into the top five of the Official World Golf Rankings, but after an inconsistent 2006 season, he dropped out of the top 10.

In the 2006 Ryder Cup, at the K Club in Ireland, Garcia won both his fourball and foursome matches (with Jose Maria Olazabal and Luke Donald, respectively) on day one, beating David Toms and Brett Wetterich in the fourballs and Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk in the foursomes. On day two he paired up with Olazabal again, who won both their matches against Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco in both the foursomes and fourballs. Going into the final day in the singles, Garcia was heavily tipped to be the first person to win all their matches in one Ryder Cup, however Stewart Cink beat him 4 and 3. Europe won the cup again by 18½ points to the United States’ 9½ points.

After missing the cut of the first two major championships in 2007, Garcia found success at The Open Championship – his favorite of the four majors – at Carnoustie Golf Links. He held the lead after each one of the first three rounds and carried a 3-shot lead over Steve Stricker and a 6-shot lead over the rest of the field into the start of the fourth day.

At an early stage of the last round he had extended the lead to four shots, but bogeys at the 5th, the 7th, and the 8th holes brought him back to the field.

On the final challenging hole he needed a par to win, but failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker. The last putt on the 18th hole on Sunday would have given him his first professional major. He missed it by a fraction and faced a playoff with Padraig Harrington that he eventually lost by one stroke.

On May 11, 2008, Garcia won The Players Championship on the PGA Tour in a playoff against Paul Goydos. On the first playoff hole, the 17th, Goydos hit a pitching wedge that ballooned and fell inches short of the green and into the water, while Garcia played a pitching wedge to within four feet of the hole. Goydos made double bogey while Garcia made par for the win.

A bachelor, he drives a Ferrari 360 Modena “quickly” and a Jaguar XJR. Ex-girlfriends include former world number-one tennis player Martina Hingis, who helped him cope with the emotional side of the game, and Greg Norman’s daughter, Morgan-Leigh Norman, a graduate of Boston College.

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Results

DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
22 - 25 Oct 2009 Castello Masters Costa Azahar 4 -17 63 - 68 - 67 - 69
08 - 11 Oct 2009 Madrid Masters T17 -15 64 - 67 - 71 - 71
10 - 13 Sep 2009 BMW Championship T6 -6 71 - 68 - 68 - 71
04 - 07 Sep 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship 26 -8 70 - 71 - 68 - 67
27 - 30 Aug 2009 The Barclays T31 +1 65 - 76 - 74 - 70
20 - 23 Aug 2009 Wyndham Championship 4 -15 67 - 64 - 64 - 70
13 - 16 Aug 2009 US PGA Championship CUT +5 71 - 78
06 - 09 Aug 2009 Bridgestone Invitational T22 Ev 68 - 72 - 70 - 70
16 - 19 Jul 2009 British Open T38 +6 70 - 69 - 76 - 71
25 - 28 Jun 2009 Travelers Championship T43 -7 67 - 69 - 71 - 66
18 - 21 Jun 2009 US Open T10 +2 70 - 70 - 72 - 70
11 - 14 Jun 2009 St. Jude Classic CUT +3 70 - 73
28 - 31 May 2009 European Open T13 -2 69 - 75 - 74 - 68
07 - 10 May 2009 The Players Championship T22 +2 71 - 73 - 73 - 69
30 Apr - 03 May 2009 Quail Hollow Championship CUT +5 71 - 78
09 - 12 Apr 2009 US Masters T38 +1 73 - 67 - 75 - 74
02 - 05 Apr 2009 Shell Houston Open T77 +7 69 - 71 - 74 - 81
12 - 15 Mar 2009 CA Championship T31 -6 72 - 72 - 68 - 70
03 - 05 Mar 2009 The Honda Classic T13 -2 67 - 72 - 71 - 68
29 Jan - 01 Feb 2009 Dubai Desert Classic T11 -12 70 - 66 - 73 - 67
22 - 25 Jan 2009 Qatar Masters T7 -11 70 - 70 - 67 - 70
15 - 18 Jan 2009 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship T8 -16 70 - 71 - 67 - 64
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
04 - 07 Dec 2008 Nedbank Golf Challenge T5 -4 72 - 70 - 72 - 70
23 - 26 Oct 2008 Castello Masters Costa Azahar 1 -20 66 - 65 - 66 - 67
25 - 28 Sep 2008 PGA Tour Championship 2 -7 70 - 65 - 67 - 71
04 - 07 Sep 2008 BMW Championship T20 -5 68 - 68 - 69 - 70
29 Aug - 01 Sep 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship T5 -13 67 - 64 - 68 - 72
21 - 24 Aug 2008 The Barclays T2 -8 70 - 67 - 69 - 70
07 - 10 Aug 2008 US PGA Championship T2 -1 69 - 73 - 69 - 68
31 Jul - 03 Aug 2008 Bridgestone Invitational T36 +1 69 - 72 - 68 - 72
17 - 20 Jul 2008 British Open T51 +17 72 - 73 - 74 - 78
03 - 06 Jul 2008 European Open 2 -13 71 - 64 - 74 - 66
12 - 15 Jun 2008 US Open T18 +6 76 - 70 - 70 - 74
05 - 08 Jun 2008 Stanford St. Jude Classic T4 -3 68 - 72 - 71 - 66
29 May - 01 Jun 2008 the Memorial Tournament 45 +6 72 - 77 - 75 - 70
08 - 11 May 2008 The Players Championship 1 -5 66 - 73 - 73 - 71
01 - 04 May 2008 Wachovia Championship T34 -1 71 - 72 - 74 - 70
24 - 27 Apr 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship T19 +1 71 - 70 - 65 - 75
10 - 13 Apr 2008 US Masters CUT +4 76 - 72
20 - 23 Mar 2008 CA Championship T15 -9 69 - 73 - 69 - 68
13 - 16 Mar 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational T31 Ev 70 - 66 - 73 - 71
28 Feb - 02 Mar 2008 The Honda Classic T43 +5 73 - 69 - 70 - 73
14 - 17 Feb 2008 Northern Trust Open T46 +2 74 - 71 - 69 - 72
31 Jan - 03 Feb 2008 Dubai Desert Classic T19 -5 68 - 71 - 70 - 74
24 - 27 Jan 2008 Qatar Masters T7 -10 69 - 75 - 67 - 67
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
08 - 11 Nov 2007 HSBC Champions Tournament T46 +7 73 - 72 - 76 - 74
01 - 04 Nov 2007 Volvo Masters T34 +17 77 - 72 - 73 - 79
25 - 28 Oct 2007 Mallorca Classic T16 -3 68 - 67 - 69 - 73
13 - 16 Sep 2007 PGA Tour Championship 4 -14 68 - 64 - 64 - 70
06 - 09 Sep 2007 BMW Championship 9 -10 68 - 70 - 69 - 67
31 Aug - 03 Sep 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship T17 -6 67 - 71 - 68 - 72
23 - 26 Aug 2007 The Barclays T25 -5 69 - 67 - 70 - 73
09 - 12 Aug 2007 US PGA Championship DQ - 70 - 75
02 - 05 Aug 2007 Bridgestone Invitational T20 +6 71 - 77 - 71 - 67
19 - 22 Jul 2007 British Open 2 -7 65 - 71 - 68 - 73
12 - 15 Jul 2007 Scottish Open T19 -6 71 - 65 - 71 - 71
14 - 17 Jun 2007 US Open CUT +14 79 - 75
07 - 10 Jun 2007 Stanford St. Jude Classic T55 +6 74 - 70 - 72 - 70
31 May - 03 Jun 2007 the Memorial Tournament T23 -7 69 - 73 - 69 - 70
03 - 06 May 2007 Wachovia Championship 6 6
05 - 08 Apr 2007 US Masters CUT +10 76 - 78
08 - 11 Mar 2007 PODS Championship T59 +4 70 - 71 - 74 - 73
15 - 18 Feb 2007 Nissan Open 6 -11 67 - 68 - 69 - 69
01 - 04 Feb 2007 Dubai Desert Classic CUT -2 73 - 69
25 - 28 Jan 2007 Qatar Masters T19 -7 70 - 71 - 73 - 67
18 - 21 Jan 2007 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship T14 -10 68 - 72 - 69 - 69
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
09 - 12 Nov 2006 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters T19 -4 68 - 67 - 72 - 77
26 - 29 Oct 2006 Volvo Masters T2 -1 71 - 70 - 70 - 72
19 - 22 Oct 2006 Mallorca Classic 2 -2 70 - 70 - 70 - 68
07 - 10 Sep 2006 Omega European Masters T4 -8 68 - 69 - 68 - 71
24 - 27 Aug 2006 Bridgestone Invitational T22 +1 69 - 73 - 68 - 71
17 - 20 Aug 2006 US PGA Championship T3 -12 69 - 70 - 67 - 70
27 - 30 Jul 2006 Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe T9 -18 69 - 66 - 67 - 68
13 - 16 Jul 2006 Scottish Open T9 -9 71 - 67 - 69 - 68
15 - 18 Jun 2006 US Open CUT +16 78 - 78
08 - 11 Jun 2006 Barclays Classic WD - 73
01 - 04 Jun 2006 the Memorial Tournament T18 -2 69 - 74 - 74 - 69
11 - 14 May 2006 EDS Byron Nelson Championship CUT +3 75 - 68
04 - 07 May 2006 Wachovia Championship T38 +3 74 - 69 - 73 - 75
06 - 09 Apr 2006 US Masters 46 +10 72 - 74 - 79 - 73
23 - 26 Mar 2006 The Players Championship T14 -2 70 - 68 - 70 - 78
16 - 19 Mar 2006 Bay Hill Invitational T10 -7 68 - 69 - 71 - 73
02 - 05 Mar 2006 Ford Championship at Doral T57 -5 69 - 69 - 71 - 74
02 - 05 Feb 2006 FBR Open CUT +2 70 - 74
26 - 29 Jan 2006 Buick Invitational T8 -8 69 - 68 - 68 - 75
19 - 22 Jan 2006 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 3 -18 70 - 69 - 65 - 66
05 - 08 Jan 2006 Mercedes Championships 7 +1 71 - 74 - 73 - 75
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
03 - 06 Nov 2005 PGA Tour Championship T20 +1 66 - 72 - 71 - 72
27 - 30 Oct 2005 Volvo Masters 2 -8 68 - 67 - 68 - 73
20 - 23 Oct 2005 Mallorca Classic T2 -5 69 - 69 - 71 - 66
06 - 09 Oct 2005 American Express Championship T3 -8 67 - 69 - 67 - 69
29 Sep - 02 Oct 2005 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro T13 -13 69 - 69 - 66 - 71
01 - 04 Sep 2005 Omega European Masters 1 -14 66 - 65 - 71 - 68
18 - 21 Aug 2005 NEC Invitational T13 -1 68 - 70 - 67 - 74
11 - 14 Aug 2005 US PGA Championship T23 +3 72 - 70 - 71 - 70
14 - 17 Jul 2005 British Open T5 -7 70 - 69 - 69 - 73
23 - 26 Jun 2005 Barclays Classic T22 +2 72 - 71 - 73 - 70
16 - 19 Jun 2005 US Open T3 +5 71 - 69 - 75 - 70
09 - 12 Jun 2005 Booz Allen Classic 1 -14 71 - 68 - 66 - 65
19 - 22 May 2005 Bank of America Colonial CUT +2 69 - 73
12 - 15 May 2005 EDS Byron Nelson Championship T35 -5 71 - 68 - 66 - 70
05 - 08 May 2005 Wachovia Championship T2 -12 66 - 71 - 67 - 72
21 - 24 Apr 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic T10 -10 67 - 71 - 67 - 73
07 - 10 Apr 2005 US Masters CUT +5 77 - 72
24 - 27 Mar 2005 The Players Championship T32 +1 66 - 75 - 70 - 78
17 - 20 Mar 2005 Bay Hill Invitational T8 -3 70 - 70 - 73 - 72
03 - 06 Mar 2005 Ford Championship at Doral T64 -4 68 - 68 - 74 - 74
20 - 23 Jan 2005 Buick Invitational T42 -2 69 - 70 - 74 - 73
06 - 09 Jan 2005 Mercedes Championships T10 -14 68 - 67 - 73 - 70
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
18 - 21 Nov 2004 World Cup T2 -30 63 - 68 - 61 - 66
04 - 07 Nov 2004 PGA Tour Championship T15 +1 71 - 70 - 69 - 71
28 - 31 Oct 2004 Volvo Masters 2 -7 67 - 69 - 71 - 70
21 - 24 Oct 2004 Bridgestone Open CUT +6 75 - 73
14 - 17 Oct 2004 Turespana Mallorca Classic 1 -12 66 - 67 - 68 - 67
30 Sep - 03 Oct 2004 American Express Championship T4 -12 67 - 72 - 67 - 70
02 - 05 Sep 2004 Omega European Masters T3 -13 66 - 65 - 68 - 72
26 - 29 Aug 2004 BMW International Open T25 -10 71 - 69 - 70 - 68
19 - 22 Aug 2004 NEC Invitational T16 -2 68 - 70 - 70 - 70
12 - 15 Aug 2004 US PGA Championship CUT +2 73 - 73
15 - 18 Jul 2004 British Open CUT +6 75 - 73
17 - 20 Jun 2004 US Open T20 +11 72 - 68 - 71 - 80
10 - 13 Jun 2004 Buick Classic 1 -12 70 - 67 - 68 - 67
03 - 06 Jun 2004 the Memorial Tournament T24 -1 73 - 69 - 72 - 73
20 - 23 May 2004 Bank of America Colonial T35 +1 72 - 67 - 73 - 69
13 - 16 May 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship 1 -10 66 - 68 - 65 - 71
06 - 09 May 2004 Wachovia Championship T61 +2 73 - 71 - 76 - 70
08 - 11 Apr 2004 US Masters T4 -3 72 - 72 - 75 - 66
25 - 28 Mar 2004 The Players Championship T53 +2 68 - 73 - 72 - 77
18 - 21 Mar 2004 Bay Hill Invitational T31 -2 73 - 66 - 70 - 77
19 - 22 Feb 2004 Nissan Open T20 -7 71 - 65 - 72 - 69
12 - 15 Feb 2004 Buick Invitational T30 -3 67 - 71 - 73 - 74
29 Jan - 01 Feb 2004 FBR Open T9 -11 71 - 67 - 65 - 70
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
20 - 23 Nov 2003 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament 6 -8 66 - 65 - 67 - 78
30 Oct - 02 Nov 2003 Volvo Masters T7 -2 71 - 71 - 73 - 71
23 - 26 Oct 2003 Madrid Open T6 -11 64 - 71 - 71 - 67
09 - 12 Oct 2003 Las Vegas Invitational CUT -9 69 - 70 - 68
02 - 05 Oct 2003 American Express Championship T12 +3 65 - 73 - 70 - 75
25 - 28 Sep 2003 Valero Texas Open 79 Ev 68 - 69 - 68 - 75
04 - 07 Sep 2003 Omega European Masters T19 -5 67 - 70 - 72 - 70
21 - 24 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational T30 +2 64 - 76 - 69 - 73
14 - 17 Aug 2003 US PGA Championship CUT +9 72 - 77
17 - 20 Jul 2003 British Open T10 +4 73 - 71 - 70 - 74
19 - 22 Jun 2003 Buick Classic T4 -10 70 - 69 - 66 - 69
12 - 15 Jun 2003 US Open T35 +5 69 - 74 - 71 - 71
29 May - 01 Jun 2003 the Memorial Tournament CUT +3 73 - 74
22 - 25 May 2003 Bank of America Colonial CUT +3 72 - 71
15 - 18 May 2003 EDS Byron Nelson Championship CUT +1 72 - 69
24 - 27 Apr 2003 Open de Espana T19 -18 69 - 67 - 66 - 68
10 - 13 Apr 2003 US Masters T28 +6 69 - 78 - 74 - 73
27 - 30 Mar 2003 The Players Championship CUT +1 71 - 74
20 - 23 Mar 2003 Bay Hill Invitational CUT +5 77 - 72
20 - 23 Feb 2003 Nissan Open CUT +7 73 - 76
13 - 16 Feb 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic CUT Ev 74 - 70
23 - 26 Jan 2003 Phoenix Open T61 -5 69 - 67 - 70 - 73
16 - 19 Jan 2003 Sony Open in Hawaii T33 -5 67 - 70 - 69 - 69
09 - 12 Jan 2003 Mercedes Championships T25 -11 71 - 73 - 66 - 71
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
21 - 24 Nov 2002 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament 2 -14 67 - 68 - 69 - 66
07 - 10 Nov 2002 Volvo Masters T7 +3 69 - 70 - 75 - 73
31 Oct - 03 Nov 2002 PGA Tour Championship 28 +5 71 - 73 - 72 - 69
10 - 13 Oct 2002 Lancome Trophy T5 -8 67 - 70 - 70 - 69
19 - 22 Sep 2002 American Express Championship 7 -18 69 - 69 - 70 - 62
22 - 25 Aug 2002 NEC Invitational T58 +6 68 - 73 - 76 - 73
15 - 18 Aug 2002 US PGA Championship T10 +1 75 - 73 - 73 - 68
18 - 21 Jul 2002 British Open T8 -4 71 - 69 - 71 - 69
20 - 23 Jun 2002 Greater Hartford Open T20 -5 69 - 67 - 69 - 70
13 - 16 Jun 2002 US Open 4 +3 68 - 74 - 67 - 74
06 - 09 Jun 2002 Buick Classic T12 -5 68 - 70 - 70 - 71
23 - 26 May 2002 Memorial Tournament 73 +9 75 - 70 - 77 - 75
16 - 19 May 2002 MasterCard Colonial CUT +10 76 - 74
09 - 12 May 2002 Verizon Byron Nelson Classic CUT +3 69 - 74
25 - 28 Apr 2002 Open de Espana 1 -13 67 - 68 - 67 - 73
18 - 21 Apr 2002 Worldcom Classic - The Heritage of Golf T19 -6 70 - 72 - 66 - 70
11 - 14 Apr 2002 US Masters 8 -4 68 - 71 - 70 - 75
21 - 24 Mar 2002 The Players Championship T4 -4 70 - 72 - 71 - 71
14 - 17 Mar 2002 Bay Hill Invitational T9 -6 68 - 71 - 70 - 73
28 Feb - 03 Mar 2002 Genuity Championship T33 -2 73 - 70 - 71 - 72
14 - 17 Feb 2002 Nissan Open T13 -9 73 - 67 - 67 - 68
24 - 27 Jan 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic 3 -5 69 - 73 - 72 - 69
10 - 13 Jan 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii T40 -3 71 - 66 - 69 - 71
03 - 06 Jan 2002 Mercedes Championships T1 -18 73 - 69 - 68 - 64
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
22 - 25 Nov 2001 Casio World Open 3 -21 69 - 65 - 66 - 67
01 - 04 Nov 2001 PGA Tour Championship T2 -14 69 - 67 - 66 - 68
20 - 23 Sep 2001 Lancome Trophy 1 -18 68 - 65 - 68 - 65
06 - 09 Sep 2001 Bell Canadian Open T5 -9 69 - 68 - 65 - 69
30 Aug - 02 Sep 2001 BMW International Open T7 -18 67 - 67 - 69 - 67
16 - 19 Aug 2001 US PGA Championship CUT +3 68 - 75
19 - 22 Jul 2001 British Open T9 -5 70 - 72 - 67 - 70
12 - 15 Jul 2001 Scottish Open T14 -6 69 - 69 - 69 - 71
21 - 24 Jun 2001 Buick Classic 1 -16 68 - 67 - 66 - 67
14 - 17 Jun 2001 US Open T12 +3 70 - 68 - 68 - 77
31 May - 03 Jun 2001 Memorial Tournament T2 -10 68 - 69 - 70 - 71
17 - 20 May 2001 MasterCard Colonial 1 -13 69 - 69 - 66 - 63
10 - 13 May 2001 Verizon Byron Nelson Classic T8 -12 71 - 68 - 64 - 65
26 - 29 Apr 2001 Portugal Open T16 -4 69 - 73 - 71 - 71
12 - 15 Apr 2001 Worldcom Classic - The Heritage of Golf CUT +1 72 - 71
05 - 08 Apr 2001 US Masters CUT +2 70 - 76
22 - 25 Mar 2001 The Players Championship T50 +5 73 - 74 - 74 - 72
15 - 18 Mar 2001 Bay Hill Invitational T4 -9 71 - 66 - 68 - 74
22 - 25 Feb 2001 Nissan Open T25 -3 66 - 72 - 71 - 72
08 - 11 Feb 2001 Greg Norman Holden International 2 -21 64 - 69 - 70 - 68
01 - 04 Feb 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am T59 +1 68 - 70 - 75 - 76
25 - 28 Jan 2001 Phoenix Open T12 -10 67 - 71 - 70 - 66
DATES TOURNAMENT POSITION SCORE ROUNDS
16 - 19 Nov 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic T19 -5 74 - 64 - 75 - 70




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