Born: 9 January 1980, Castellón
Turned pro: 1999 (+5.6)
Dubbed “El Niño”, Sergio García rose from 399th to 12th in the world rankings in his first season as a pro, after becoming the only non-professional to make the 1999 US Masters cut (as reigning British Amateur champion). He had four main objectives in that first year, and he achieved them all: secure US and European Tour cards for 2000; win a European Tour event; and make the Ryder Cup team. The first was achieved after just two US starts (joint third and 11th); the second and third when he won the Murphy’s Irish Open; and the fourth when he finished second, just one stroke behind the winner Tiger Woods, in the US PGA Championship. He thus became the youngest player to tee up in a Ryder Cup, before captaining Spain to its first victory in the Dunhill Cup – teamed with Miguel Ángel Jiménez and José María Olazábal in Scotland. He lost a play-off in the 2007 British Open against Padraig Harrington, for what would have been his first major, but bounced back to win the Players Championship (considered the “fifth major”) on the US PGA Tour the following year.
It is now 37 years since the Great Britain & Ireland team was expanded to include continental Europeans in the biennial Ryder Cup competition against the United States. Severiano Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido became the first Spanish representatives in that historic 1979 match, helping to trigger a significant new dynamic in the tournament as the […]
Unfinished business at Valderrama SEVE BALLESTROS went close in 1988. The late Spanish star finished second two shots behind Nick Faldo in the inaugural Volvo Masters at Valderrama. Six years later, he was again second, a bogey on the last hole leaving him one short of Bernhard Langer’s winning score and level with Vijay Singh. […]
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By Pedro Bolichero, reproduced courtesy of ozinspain.com The universal public view by players is that they relish the opportunity of teeing up at Valderrama. Privately, many also dread it. Of course, while golf is supposed to be fun for us lesser golfing mortals, for the game’s elite it is just another day at the office […]
Any golfer that had the opportunity of watching live on a prime position, last week’s Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor would likely be desperate to play golf again. We are not sure if this is the case of Sergio Garcia, but the Castello Masters Costa Azahar that will be held at Sergio’s home “Club del […]