Profile: Sergio Garcia
- Birthplace: Castellon, Spain
- Residence: Borriol, Spain
- Birthdate: January 9, 1980
- Age: 24
- Turned Professional: 1999
Ryder Cup Record1999 and 2002
Career VictoriesEuropean Tour
4 - 1999 Murphy's Irish Open, Linde German Masters, 2001 Trophee Lancome, 2002 Canarias Open de EspanaPGA Tour
5 - 2001 MasterCard Colonial, Buick Classic, 2002 Mercedes Championships, 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Buick ClassicOther
2001 Nedbank Golf Challenge, 2002 Kolon Cup Korean Open, 2003 Nedbank Golf Challenge
Sergio Garcia was born to play Ryder Cup and continue the great Spanish tradition in the biennial contest established by players such as Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.
His unbridled enthusiasm and energy have made the young Spaniard a favourite among the galleries and his record in two previous appearances stands up with the best.
In 1999 a teenage Garcia qualified for the European Team to become the youngest player ever to compete in The Ryder Cup Matches. European Captain Mark James immediately tapped into his huge potential, putting him together with Swede Jesper Parnevik in what was to develop into a formidable partnership.
They were second out in the first day and came face to face with the towering partnership of Tiger Woods and Tom Lehman but his youthful exuberance dovetailed perfectly with Parnevik's steely determination and Europe prevailed 2 and 1. It was the start of a wonderful chemistry and they remained unbeaten in their four matches together, winning the first three and halving the last fourball with Davis Love III and David Duval.
Although Garcia lost his singles to Jim Furyk and the European Team was ultimately defeated after the great American comeback, it was an impressive debut.
Many predicted, after their success at Brookline, that the partnership would stay together in 2002 at The De Vere Belfry but Captain Sam Torrance had other ideas and put him together with England's Lee Westwood.
The effect was just as devastating as they won their first three encounters before finally succumbing to Woods and Love III in the final fourball session. Again Garcia suffered defeat in the singles by the narrowest of margins but the overall result was what counted and this time Europe were celebrating a memorable victory.
Garcia has won twice on the US PGA Tour this year, claiming the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the Buick Classic and is sure to be a mainstay in Bernhard Langer's European Team.
Turned professional on 21st April 1999 after becoming the first Amateur Champion to finish low amateur in the 1999 Masters Tournament. Winner of 21 events as an amateur and also a professional event - the Catalonian Open - as a 17 year old amateur. Made the cut in 12 of the 18 European Tour events he entered before turning professional. Won the Murphy's Irish Open on his sixth start as a professional and became the fourth youngest winner on The European Tour at 19 years and 176 days. Second behind Tiger Woods in the 1999 US PGA Championship at Medinah when attempting to be the youngest winner of a Major Championship for 129 years. Collected three and a half points out of five in a brilliant Ryder Cup debut at Brookline before returning to Europe to win the Linde German Masters and help Spain capture the Alfred Dunhill Cup. Named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 1999. Made his big breakthrough in America in 2001, winning his first tournament on the US PGA Tour, the MasterCard Colonial, and followed that with a second victory by capturing the Buick Classic a month later, performances which convinced Sam Torrance to pick him as one of his wild cards for The 34th Ryder Cup Matches. Only player to finish in the top ten in all four Major Championships in 2002.
- Captain Bernhard Langer
- Padraig Harrington
- Sergio Garcia
- Darren Clarke
- Miguel Angel Jiménez
- Lee Westwood
- Thomas Levet
- Paul Casey
- David Howell
- Paul McGinley
- Ian Poulter
- Colin Montgomerie
- Luke Donald
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