Sergio García

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Sergio García
— Golfer —
SergioGarciaTPCChampion2008 1.jpg
García in May 2008
Personal information
Full name Sergio García Fernández
Nickname El Niño
Born (1980-01-09) 9 January 1980 (age 34)
Borriol, Castellón, Spain
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Borriol, Castellón, Spain
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Career
Turned professional 1999
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1999)
PGA Tour (joined 1999)
Professional wins 27
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
European Tour 11
Asian Tour 4
Other 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T4: 2004
U.S. Open T3: 2005
The Open Championship 2nd/T2: 2007, 2014
PGA Championship 2nd/T2: 1999, 2008
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1999
Vardon Trophy 2008
Byron Nelson Award 2008
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

Sergio García Fernández (born 9 January 1980) is a professional golfer from Spain who plays on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has won over 20 international tournaments, including The Players Championship in 2008.

García has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009).[1][2] He reached a career high ranking of 2nd after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008, and has achieved post-tax career earnings of more than $28 million. As a player, he is particularly noted for his strong iron play and accuracy. One critical footnote of his career is that he still to date has not won any of golf's major championships, despite a number of near misses. He has finished a runner-up on four occasions, twice at The Open Championship and twice at the PGA Championship, with a further six top five finishes without breaking through.

Early career[edit]

García began playing golf at the age of three and was taught by his father, Victor, who is a club professional in Madrid, Spain. He was a star player as a junior, winning his club championship at age 12. Four years later, he set a record as the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event, the 1995 Turespaña Open Mediterranea. This record was broken by amateur Jason Hak in November 2008 at the UBS Hong Kong Open, beating García's record by 107 days. In 1995, García became the youngest player to win the European Amateur. He followed that with a win in the Boys Amateur Championship in 1997. He won a professional tournament, the 1997 Catalonian Open, on the European Challenge Tour, as an amateur. In 1998 he won The Amateur Championship, and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

García turned professional in 1999 after shooting the lowest amateur score in the 1999 Masters Tournament. His first title on the European Tour came in his sixth start as a professional, in July 1999 at the Irish Open. He first achieved worldwide prominence with a duel against Tiger Woods in the 1999 PGA Championship, where he eventually finished second. Late in the final round, García hit his most famous shot: with his ball up against a tree trunk in the right rough on the 16th hole, 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. As the shot traveled, he sprinted madly into the fairway and then scissor-kick jumped to see the result. Shortly afterwards he became the youngest player ever to compete in the Ryder Cup.

When García first turned professional, he had an unorthodox swing with a circular loop and long large lag, and this method drew comparisons to Ben Hogan, one of the best players of all time. But during the 2003 season, he worked towards making his swing more conventional, but has largely kept his original method. In his early years, he repeatedly gripped, released, and regripped his hands on the club handle before finally taking a shot. This "waggle" habit created a stir, especially at the 2002 U.S. Open when some spectators shouted out, "Hit the ball, Sergio!", and some people audibly counted the number of regrips into the twenties. Since then he has eliminated the habit. Responding to criticism of his swing, he said, "My swing works for me, so why should I change it? I prefer to have a natural swing and play well rather than a perfect swing and not be able to play good."[3]

PGA Tour titles[edit]

At the age of 21, García won his first PGA Tour event at the 2001 MasterCard Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and then won again at the Buick Classic in New York the same year. He was the youngest Tour winner since Tiger Woods in 1996 at age 20. In 2002, García won the Mercedes Championships in early January, and in 2004, he 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 eleven times. In 2002, during a practice round, García made an albatross (double eagle) on the par-5 second hole at the Masters, one of the few players to have ever done so. On the 575-yard (526 m) hole at the Augusta National Golf Club, he holed a 253-yard (231 m) 2-iron following a 325-yard (297 m) drive.[citation needed]

Ryder Cup star[edit]

García in 2004

García was a member of the European Ryder Cup team in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2012, and holds an impressive career record at the Ryder Cup of 16–8–4 (.643).[4] Four of his appearances have resulted in overall victories.

In the 2006 Ryder Cup, at the K Club in Republic of Ireland, García won both his fourball and foursome matches (with José María Olazábal 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 Olazábal 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, García 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, with 18½ points to the United States' 9½ points.

2007: Near-miss at The Open Championship[edit]

In March 2007, García received criticism for a spitting incident at the WGC-CA Championship. During his third round García spat into the bottom of the cup on the 13th green after three-putting for bogey.[5][6] After missing the cut in the first two major championships of 2007, García came close to winning The Open Championship – his favorite of the four majors – at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. He held the lead after each one of the first three rounds and carried a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker and a six-shot lead over the rest of the field into the start of the fourth day.

At an early stage of the last round, García had extended his lead to four shots, but bogeys at the 5th, 7th, and 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, from about 8 feet (2.4 m), would have given him his first professional major. He missed it by a fraction and faced a four-hole playoff with Pádraig Harrington that he eventually lost by one stroke.

In his post-round news conference, García seemed to suggest that bad breaks had cost him the Open championship. During the playoff, on the long par-3 16th hole, his tee shot hit the flagstick but then bounced 20 feet (6 m) from the pin, off the green, and García could not convert for birdie. "It's not the first time, unfortunately," he stated. "I don't know... I'm playing against a lot of guys out there, more than the field." In the 2007 PGA Championship, he was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard after the third round.[7]

2008: Victory at The Players Championship and near-miss at the PGA Championship[edit]

García's victory at the 2008 Players Championship

On 11 May 2008, García won The Players Championship on the PGA Tour in a sudden-death playoff against Paul Goydos. The playoff began at the par-3 17th, where Goydos hit a pitching wedge that ballooned and fell inches short of the island green and into the water, while García played a sand wedge to within four feet (1.3 m) of the hole. Goydos made double bogey while García made par for the win.[8]

At the 2008 PGA Championship, played over the South Course of Oakland Hills Country Club near Detroit, García narrowly missed out on winning his first professional major championship yet again. Like at the 2007 Open Championship, Pádraig Harrington was able to erase a García lead on the back nine to take the title. García finished two strokes back for his second runner-up finish at the PGA Championship. His most serious mistake during the final round was misjudging his second shot on the 16th, playing into a strong wind, which found the water in front of the par-4 hole's green, costing him sole ownership of the lead.[9] Regarding another near-miss in a major championship, García stated, "I felt like I responded well, and he was obviously very good on the back nine, and things just happened his way."

On 26 October 2008, he won his first European Tour title in over three years, at the first playing of the Castelló Masters Costa Azahar at his home course, the Club de Campo del Mediterráneo in Castellón, Spain. With this win, he rose to a career high of third in the Official World Golf Rankings.[10] He dedicated the victory to compatriot Seve Ballesteros, who was recovering from multiple operations from the brain tumor that would ultimately claim Ballesteros' life. He won the 2008 HSBC Champions, the opening event on the 2009 European Tour season on 9 November 2008 in a playoff over Oliver Wilson. This win notched him up to a career high second in the Official World Golf Rankings, replacing Phil Mickelson in that spot, who had ironically won the HSBC Champions in 2007. García earned more money than any other golfer in 2008, earning $6,979,959 in 26 events.[11]

2009–2010: Slump in form, competitive break[edit]

After his success in 2008, García had a very disappointing season in 2009, rarely contending and finished ranked 74th on the PGA Tour money list. He had more success on the European Tour where he finished tenth in the inaugural Race to Dubai. His slump continued into 2010, and after missing the cut at the US PGA Championship, García announced he was taking a break from golf and would miss the 2010 Ryder Cup. He also dropped out of the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Struggles with the putter were the primary cause of his slump, since his ballstriking remained among the best in the world. On 29 August 2010, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie announced that García would be his fourth vice captain for the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

2011–2012: Return to form[edit]

García returned to competitive play in late 2010 with a new putting grip and this produced better results for him on the greens during tournaments in 2011. After 36 holes, he was near the lead in both the 2011 Transitions Championship and the 2011 Byron Nelson Championship, but both times faded on the weekend to fall out of contention.[12]

García had to withdraw from qualifying for the 2011 British Open because of an infected finger. He had originally planned against qualifying for the 2011 U.S. Open, where he was outside the top-50 in the OWGR and was not guaranteed automatic entry. He eventually earned a spot in the U.S. Open after being one of the top four at a qualifying tournament near Memphis. García played well in all four rounds of the U.S. Open, ending in a tie for seventh place at five-under par 279.[13] García finished tied for ninth place in The 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's. This was his 17th career top-10 finish in a major.

In late June 2011, García almost broke his winless streak dating back to 2008, when he lost at the fifth sudden-death playoff hole to fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal at the BMW International Open. García led the tournament after the 11th hole of the final round with a stunning stretch of holes, which saw him produce three birdies and two eagles in six holes, from holes six to eleven. However his charge to the finish was derailed by four bogeys in five holes, leaving him needing a birdie at the last to make the playoff. In the playoff, both players made consecutive birdies at the first two extra holes (both par 5s) before parring holes three and four (both par 3s). At the fifth extra hole, García had a 30-foot (9 m) eagle putt for the victory, but ran the effort four feet (1.3 m) past the hole. The resulting putt lipped out, allowing Larrazábal to hole a two-foot birdie putt for the victory.[14]

García's runner-up finish at the BMW International Open ensured qualification for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's, through the current form money list exemption. García went on to finish tied for 9th place at the Open Championship, his best finish for four years. He continued the run at the 2011 PGA Championship where he finished in a tie for 12th place, extending his streak to 50 consecutive majors played, the longest streak among active players. In October 2011, García ended a three-year title drought with back-to-back wins in his home country at the Castelló Masters and the Andalucía Masters. García won the Castelló Masters in dominant fashion, with a final score of 27-under-par, 11 strokes ahead of the field. It was the joint third highest victory margin on the European Tour, beaten only by Tiger Woods' 15 stroke victory at the 2000 U.S. Open and Ernie Els' 13 stroke win at the 2005 BMW Asian Open. After the win, García dedicated it to the late Seve Ballesteros, stating "That was for Seve."[15]

The following week, García won the Andalucía Masters, played at the Club de Golf Valderrama, arguably regarded as one of the toughest golf courses on the European Tour. He edged out fellow countryman Miguel Ángel Jiménez by one shot after a tense final round.[16] Following his back-to-back wins, García moved back into the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking. In August 2012, García ended a four-year title drought on the PGA Tour by winning the Wyndham Championship. In doing so, García also secured his place on the 2012 Ryder Cup team. In December 2012, García fired a final round 61 to win the Iskandar Johor Open on the Asian Tour.

2013: Controversy[edit]

At the 2013 Players Championship, García, while tied for the lead, hit three balls into the water on the 17th and 18th holes, finishing quadruple-bogey, double-bogey. He finished tied for 8th place.[17]

After the Players Championship, García and Tiger Woods (who won the tournament) had a public feud over an incident during the third round. Two weeks later, at a European Tour players dinner, García was asked about meeting with Woods at the U.S. Open, to which he responded, "We'll have him 'round every night. We will serve fried chicken."[18][19] The remark was seen as racially insensitive. García issued a statement later that night apologizing and then issued another apology the next day, saying that his comments were "totally stupid and out of place."[20][21]

2014[edit]

In January 2014, García won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters after defeating Mikko Ilonen in a playoff.[22] The win put him back in the world top 10.[23]

In July 2014, García finished joint runner-up at the 2014 Open Championship, two strokes behind Rory McIlroy. This was the second time García had finished as a runner-up at The Open Championship and fourth time in a major championship, having still yet to break through. García began the final round, seven strokes behind McIlroy, but got to within two after an eagle on the 10th hole. However his challenge was ended when he left his second shot in the bunker at the par three 15th which he would bogey to fall three behind with three to play. This finish moved García back inside the world's top five in the world rankings.

Personal life[edit]

García is a bachelor.[24]

Professional wins (27)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 May 2001 MasterCard Colonial −13 (69-69-66-63=267) 2 strokes United States Brian Gay, United States Phil Mickelson
2 24 Jun 2001 Buick Classic −16 (68-67-66-67=268) 3 strokes United States Scott Hoch
3 6 Jan 2002 Mercedes Championships −18 (73-69-68-64=274) Playoff United States David Toms
4 16 May 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship −10 (66-68-65-71=270) Playoff United States Robert Damron, United States Dudley Hart
5 13 Jun 2004 Buick Classic (2) −12 (70-67-68-67=272) Playoff Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington, South Africa Rory Sabbatini
6 12 Jun 2005 Booz Allen Classic −14 (71-68-66-65=270) 2 strokes United States Ben Crane, United States Davis Love III, Australia Adam Scott
7 11 May 2008 The Players Championship −5 (66-73-73-71=283) Playoff United States Paul Goydos
8 20 Aug 2012 Wyndham Championship −18 (67-63-66-66=262) 2 strokes South Africa Tim Clark

PGA Tour playoff record (4–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2001 The Tour Championship Canada Mike Weir, United States David Toms, South Africa Ernie Els Weir won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2002 Mercedes Championships United States David Toms Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship United States Dudley Hart, United States Robert Damron Won with par on first extra hole
4 2004 Buick Classic South Africa Rory Sabbatini, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Won with birdie on third extra hole
Harrington eliminated with par on second hole
5 2005 Wachovia Championship Fiji Vijay Singh, United States Jim Furyk Singh won with par on fourth extra hole
García eliminated with par on first hole
6 2007 The Open Championship Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Lost four hole aggregate playoff
Harrington (3-3-4-5=15), García (5-3-4-4=16)
7 2008 The Players Championship United States Paul Goydos Won with par on first extra hole
8 2008 The Barclays Fiji Vijay Singh, United States Kevin Sutherland Singh won with birdie on second extra hole
Sutherland eliminated with par on first hole
9 2008 The Tour Championship Colombia Camilo Villegas Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Jul 1999 Murphy's Irish Open −16 (69-68-67-64=268) 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera
2 3 Oct 1999 Linde German Masters −11 (68-69-72-68=277) Playoff Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington, Wales Ian Woosnam
3 23 Sep 2001 Trophée Lancôme −18 (68-65-68-65=266) 1 stroke South Africa Retief Goosen
4 28 Apr 2002 Canarias Open de España −13 (67-68-67-73=275) 4 strokes Italy Emanuele Canonica
5 17 Oct 2004 Mallorca Classic −12 (66-67-68-67=268) 4 strokes England Simon Khan
6 4 Sep 2005 Omega European Masters −14 (66-65-71-68=270) 1 stroke Sweden Peter Gustafsson
7 26 Oct 2008 Castelló Masters Costa Azahar −20 (66-65-66-67=264) 3 strokes Sweden Peter Hedblom
8 9 Nov 2008 HSBC Champions1 −14 (66-68-72-68=274) Playoff England Oliver Wilson
9 23 Oct 2011 Castelló Masters (2) −27 (67-63-64-63=257) 11 strokes Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
10 30 Oct 2011 Andalucía Masters −6 (70-70-67-71=278) 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
11 25 Jan 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters −16 (71-67-69-65-272) Playoff Finland Mikko Ilonen

European Tour playoff record (3–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1999 Linde German Masters Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington, Wales Ian Woosnam Won with birdie on second extra hole
Woosnam eliminated with par on first hole
2 2001 Greg Norman Holden International Australia Aaron Baddeley Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 2004 Volvo Masters Andalucia England Ian Poulter Lost to par on first extra hole
4 2007 The Open Championship Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Lost four hole aggregate playoff
Harrington (3-3-4-5=15), García (5-3-4-4=16)
5 2008 HSBC Champions England Oliver Wilson Won with birdie on second extra hole
6 2011 BMW International Open Spain Pablo Larrazábal Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole
7 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Finland Mikko Ilonen Won with birdie on third extra hole

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

Asian Tour wins (4)[edit]

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Other wins (5)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T38LA
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP T29 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP 2
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T40 CUT 8 T28 T4 CUT 46 CUT CUT T38
U.S. Open T46 T12 4 T35 T20 T3 CUT CUT T18 T10
The Open Championship T36 T9 T8 T10 CUT T5 T5 2 T51 T38
PGA Championship T34 CUT T10 CUT CUT T23 T3 DQ T2 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament T45 T35 T12 T8 CUT
U.S. Open T22 T7 T38 T45 T35
The Open Championship T14 T9 CUT T21 T2
PGA Championship CUT T12 CUT T61 T35

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" = tied
DQ = disqualified
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 4 16 11
U.S. Open 0 0 1 2 4 8 15 13
The Open Championship 0 2 0 4 8 10 18 14
PGA Championship 0 2 1 3 4 6 16 9
Totals 0 4 2 10 19 28 65 47
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2002 Masters – 2003 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2002 Masters – 2002 PGA)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R16 DNP R16 R64 R64 R16 DNP R32 R32
Cadillac Championship T7 T5 NT1 7 T12 T4 T3 T32 T3 T15
Bridgestone Invitational T7 DNP DNP T58 T30 T16 T13 T22 T20 T36
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 4 DNP R64 R32 R16
Cadillac Championship T31 T37 DNP T60 T3 T16
Bridgestone Invitational T22 T22 T53 T29 T40 2
HSBC Champions T23 DNP DNP DNP 4

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA and European Tour career summary[edit]

PGA Tour European Tour
Season Wins Earnings (US$) Rank Wins Earnings (€) Rank
1999 0 784,917 53 2 1,317,693 3
2000 0 1,054,338 42 0 599,241 21
2001 2 2,898,635 6 1 715,288 27
2002 1 2,401,993 12 1 1,488,728 6
2003 0 666,386 95 0 496,521 49
2004 2 3,239,215 9 1 1,336,254 13
2005 1 3,213,375 10 1 1,828,545 6
2006 0 1,560,733 49 0 1,456,752 11
2007 0 3,721,185 9 0 1,228,267 15
2008 1 4,858,224 4 1 1,591,917 9
2009 0 1,212,522 74 1 1,660,788 10
2010 0 936,845 104 0 771,156 42
2011 0 1,524,091 54 2 1,962,723 8
2012 1 2,510,116 29 0 699,234 43
2013 0 2,251,139 26 0 1,280,581 16
2014* 0 4,939,606 5 1 2,275,712 2
Career* 8 37,773,319 9 11 20,709,400 9

* As of 14 September 2014.

These figures are from the respective tour's official sites. Note that there is double counting of money earned in the majors and World Golf Championships.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Ryder Cup points record
1999 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 Total
3.5 3 4.5 4 1 - 2 2.5 20.5

Golf equipment[edit]

García at the 2009 Telus World Skins Game in Lévis, Canada

García has an endorsement deal with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf,[25] uses all TaylorMade equipment, and Adidas shoes and clothing. His equipment setup is as follows:[26]

  • Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 9.5°, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 100 X shaft
  • Fairway Woods: TaylorMade SLDR (15.5°, 18.5°) Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 100 X shaft
  • Irons: 3–9 Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC
  • Wedges: TaylorMade ATV 48°, 50°, 58°
  • Putter: TaylorMade Spider mallet prototype
  • Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. ^ "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986" (PDF). European Tour Official Guide 09 (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558. Retrieved 16 January 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum (2007).
  4. ^ Ryder Cup 2012 Official Site Player Records
  5. ^ Garcia likely to be fined over spitting incident
  6. ^ Sergio Garcia: Spitting Mad. Sports.outsidethebeltway.com. Retrieved on 19 June 2011.
  7. ^ Garcia disqualified for signing incorrect scorecard. Pga.com; retrieved 19 June 2011.
  8. ^ Dorman, Larry. (12 May 2008) nytimes.com, García Clears Water and Ends a Drought. Nytimes.com. Retrieved on 19 June 2011.
  9. ^ Harrington catches Garcia, rallies to win second straight major. Sports.espn.go.com (11 August 2008); retrieved on 19 June 2011.
  10. ^ Week 43 – Garcia Climbs to World Number Three with Home Victory at the Castelló Masters Costa Azahar – Official World Golf Rankings, 26 October 2008
  11. ^ García is the 2008 World Money Leader, pgatour.com; retrieved 19 June 2011.[dead link]
  12. ^ pgatour.com, tournament data for 2011 Transitions Championship and 2011 Byron Nelson Championship
  13. ^ pgatour.com, 2011 U.S. Open tournament data
  14. ^ "Garcia finishes runner up in Munich but secures Open spot". European Tour. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Garcia ends three-year title drought in homeland". European Tour. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Sergio Garcia wins Andalucia by 1 shot". ESPN. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Tiger Woods wins 4th title of year". ESPN. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Lawrenson, Derek (22 May 2013). "'Racist' joke costs Garcia: Spanish star could lose £5m deal for fried chicken jibe at Tiger". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Corrigan, James (22 May 2013). "Sergio García's racist taunt at world No 1 Tiger Woods ahead of PGA Championship may cost Spaniard millions". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Harig, Bob (22 May 2013). "Sergio Garcia issues 2nd apology". ESPN. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Murray, Ewan (22 May 2013). "Sergio García apologises after Tiger Woods 'fried chicken' jibe". Guardian. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Sergio Garcia beats Mikko Ilonen in play-off". BBC Sport. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  23. ^ Murray, Ewan (25 January 2014). "Sergio García savours redemption after winning Qatar Masters title". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  24. ^ Rosaforte, Tim (6 October 2008). "Villegas' rise points to the start of a new order, after Tiger, in professional golf". ESPN. 
  25. ^ "TaylorMade PGA Tour Players: Sergio García". TaylorMade Golf. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  26. ^ "What's in the winners' bags for the week of December 15, 2013". PGA of America. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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