Sergio Garcia – Past Spanish Open Champion

CASTELLON, SPAIN - OCTOBER 20: Sergio Garcia of Spain caddying for his father, Victor during the second round of the Oki Castellon Open de Espana Senior played at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo on October 20, 2007 in Castellon, Spain. (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
Nicknamed El Niño, Sergio Garcia is a golfing force to be reckoned with. Born in Spain in 1980, Garcia turned professional in 1999 and has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the official World Golf rankings.

Sergio Garcia plays on both the PGA and European Tours and won his first PGA Tour tournament in 2001 at the MasterCard colonial in Fort Worth, Texas and won again in the same year at the Buick Classic. In 2002, Garcia won the Mercedes Championships and scooped the top prize at the Spanish Open golf tournament on the European Tour. In 2004, he won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the Buick Classic for the second time. His latest wins in 2009 include the Players Championship and the HSBC Champions golf tournaments.

He has won seven times on the PGA Tour and has equalled the amount of wins on his limited schedule on the European Tour.

Garcia was a member of the European Ryder Cup team in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and holds an impressive career record at the Ryder Cup of 14-3-3. His contribution to the team has proved invaluable as three of those appearances have resulted in overall victories.

Sergio Garcia, past Spanish Open champion, had a more inconsistent season in 2006 with the result that he dropped out of the top 10 in the official World Golf rankings. Garcia currently ranks 15th in All-Around Ranking on the PGA Tour and has finished 2nd on the PGA tour twice in 2007.

In the early part of his career as an amateur Garcia won 19 major events and a professional event – the Catalonian Open – at a mere 17 years old. He made the cut in 12 of the 18 European Tour events he entered before turning professional. Garcia made the move to professional in 1999 after becoming the first Amateur champion to finish low amateur in the Masters tournament. He then went on to win the Irish Open on his fourth start as a professional and became the fourth youngest winner on the European Tour at 19 years and 176 days.

Sergio Garcia set another record during a practice round on the par-5 second hold at the Masters in 2002. He made an Albatross (double eagle) and is one of the few players ever to have done so. On the 575-yard hole at Augusta National golf club, Garcia holed a 253-yard 2-iron following a 325 yard drive.

Summary of Wins

PGA Tour wins (7)

  • 2001 MasterCard Colonial
  • 2001 Buick Classic
  • 2002 Mercedes Championships
  • 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship,
  • 2004 Buick Classic
  • 2005 Booz Allen Classic
  • 2008 The Players Championship

European Tour wins (7)

  • 1999 Murphy’s Irish Open, Linde German Masters
  • 2001 Trophée Lancôme
  • 2002 Canarias Open de Espana / Spanish Open
  • 2004 Mallorca Classic
  • 2005 Omega European Masters
  • 2008  Castelló Masters Costa Azahar
  • 2009  HSBC Champions

Sergi Garcia, past Spanish Open champion, could be in line to win this year’s tournament again.