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First Published: May 17, 2004Written by: Andy Smith
 

Sergio Garcia

BIOGRAPHY

FULL NAME: Sergio Garcia
HEIGHT: 5-10 (178 cm)
WEIGHT: 160 (72 kg)
BIRTHDATE: January 9, 1980
BIRTHPLACE: Castellon, Spain
RESIDENCE: Borriol, Spain
FAMILY: Single
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Real Madrid FC (soccer team), kids, tennis
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1999
JOINED TOUR: 1999
EXEMPT STATUS: 2001 two-time tournament winner (through 2004)


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Nicknamed "El Niño" ("the boy"), 24 year-old Sergio Garcia has an impressive record for his age. In his five years as a professional he has won 11 titles including 4 on the PGA Tour and in 2002 was the only player to finish in the top ten in all four majors. After finishing 12th on the 2002 Money List with $2,401,993 as well as winning events in Europe and Asia, he decided to make major changes to his swing to improve his consistency. The decision seems to be paying off as he is now returning to form with 9 out 9 cuts made so far this year, 3 of them resulting in top ten finishes including a tied 4th in The Masters and victory at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship last weekend. His winnings of $1.04 million last week move him up into the top 50 on the PGA Career Money List with earnings to date of just under $10 million.


2003 Nedbank Golf Challenge, Sun City, South Africa. Getty Images

His professional victories were achieved at the following events:
PGA TOUR; 2001  MasterCard Colonial,  Buick Classic.   2002  Mercedes Championships. 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship. INTERNATIONAL: 1999 Murphy's Irish Open [Eur], Linde German Masters [Eur]. 2001 Trophee Lancome [Eur], Nedbank Golf Challenge. 2002 Canarias Open de Espana [Eur], Kolon Open [Asia]. 2003 Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Apart from his individual performances he has represented Spain in the victorious 1999 Dunhill Cup team and has been on the European Ryder Cup team in 1999 and 2002 with an overall record of 6 wins - 3 draws - 1 loss. The world ranking points he gained this week not only moved him up from 38th to 17th in the Official World Golf Rankings, they also move into the 3rd of five automatic qualification places for this year's Ryder Cup matches. In the unlikely event that he doesn't get an automatic place he would certainly be my first choice as a "Captain's Pick" for the European team.


Garcia with Miguel Angel Jiménez & Jose Maria Olazabal holding the Alfred Dunhill Cup, St. Andrews, 1999 - Getty Images

Don't be surprised if you see this "Boy" fighting it out with Tiger, Vijay and Ernie for the world #1 spot in the next couple of years.

 

For more information about Sergio Garcia,
read his full bio at http://www.pgatour.com/players/bio/238069

 

 

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