Sergio García
Professional golfer
Sergio García
Sergio García Fernández is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on both the United States PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009). He reached a career high ranking of two after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008.
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Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
Yahoo News - 8 days
Feb 13 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 566717 2. Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 461689 3. (2) Wang Jeunghun (South Korea) 436151 4. (26) David Lipsky (U.S.) 429136 5. (3) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 410224 6. (5) Sam Brazel (Australia) 372806 7. (4) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 371396 8. (6) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 330253 9. (21) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 315779 10. (7) Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 310471 11. (8) Brandon Stone (South Africa) 266186 12. (9) Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 252137 13. (10) Graeme Storm (Britain) 246216 14. ...
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Sergio Garcia finishes off wire-to-wire win at Dubai Desert Classic
LATimes - 15 days
Sergio Garcia shot a final-round three-under-par 69 to win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday after holding the tournament lead since the opening round.  The Spaniard, who had never posted a top-10 finish in his previous seven Desert Classic appearances, finished on a 19-under 269, three strokes...
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Garcia completes wire-to-wire win at Dubai Desert Classic
Fox News - 16 days
Sergio Garcia shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday after holding the tournament lead since the opening round.
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Sergio Garcia grabs three-shot Dubai lead
Yahoo News - 16 days
Dubai (AFP) - Sergio Garcia made the most of perfect scoring conditions Saturday to finish his second round of the Dubai Desert Classic with a five-under-par 67 and claim a three-shot lead.
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Woods withdraws from Dubai Desert Classic with bad back
Yahoo News - 18 days
Former world number one Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic ahead of his second round because of a back problem, the European Tour said on Friday. Appearing for the eighth time in Dubai, where he has won twice with a 92-under par record for the 28 rounds played there since 2001, the 41-year-old Woods looked out of sorts as he continued his comeback at the European Tour event. After his round, Woods said he was not in any pain on the course but decided to withdraw on Friday morning, trailing overnight leader Sergio Garcia by 12 shots.
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Garcia leads Dubai Desert Classic by 1, Woods 12 shot back
Yahoo News - 18 days
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sergio Garcia took advantage of better playing conditions in the morning and carded a 7-under-par 65 for a one-shot lead to open the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.
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Sergio Garcia rewards persistent Twitter user by hiring him as caddie
ABC News - 20 days
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A fan who asked Sergio Garcia via Twitter whether he could caddie for him has been rewarded for his perseverance. Mark Johnson, a U.K. resident, started tweeting at Garcia in July, asking for the opportunity to work for his favorite golfer. Over the subsequent weeks and months, Johnson tried to come up with unique ways to get the Spanish golfer's attention. Garcia finally relented, telling Johnson that he could caddie for him during the pro-am of the British Masters in September. "I noticed him the first time from the first tweet he posted at me," Garcia said Tuesday at Emirates Golf Club, where he is playing in this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. "I thought it was quite funny and it was very sincere, and obviously I was wondering how long it was going to keep going. "Angela [Garcia's fianc?e] and I, we kind of talked about it, and I said, 'Well, how long should we make him wait?' And.. ...
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Garcia hoping for Singapore slingshot to new campaign
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia enjoyed a hard-earned winter break after a hectic 2016 and the Spaniard is now fit, fresh and raring to go when he opens his campaign at the Singapore Open this week in a region where he has enjoyed plenty of success. Garcia has won five events in as many countries on the Asian Tour and Singapore could become a sixth should he navigate the demanding Serapong Course better than a field of rivals that includes three-times tournament winner Adam Scott and Ernie Els. "I've always felt comfortable coming to Asia, I've done very well here in the tournaments I have played," the world number 15 told reporters at Sentosa Golf Club on Tuesday.
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Golf-World Rankings
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Dec 26 (Gracenote) - The World Rankings 1. Jason Day (Australia) 10.91 2. Rory McIlroy (Britain) 9.83 3. Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 9.53 4. Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8.69 5. Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 8.04 6. Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 7.49 7. Adam Scott (Australia) 6.55 8. Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5.40 9. Alexander Noren (Sweden) 5.35 10. Bubba Watson (U.S.) 5.19 11. Danny Willett (Britain) 5.09 12. Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.97 13. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 4.73 14. Paul Casey (Britain) 4.70 15. Justin Rose (Britain) 4.44 16. Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 4.33 17. Branden Grace (South Africa) 4.31 18. Russell Knox (Britain) 4. ...
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Garcia, Molinari top in Dubai golf after late Westwood stumble
Yahoo News - 3 months
A final-hole bogey by overnight leader Lee Westwood handed the lead of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship to Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari, while Henrik Stenson remained in control of the Race to Dubai on Friday. Westwood, the champion in the inaugural year back in 2009, looked in good position to retain sole possession of the lead after a great drive down the par-5 18th hole, but his second shot rolled into the water and he ended up with a bogey to finish on eight-under par 136 at the halfway stage of the season-ending championship. Garcia and Molinari, who had finished in the groups ahead of Westwood, both shot five-under par 67s to add to their 68s on Thursday.
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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic scores
Yahoo News - 4 months
Oct 20 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic at the par-72 course on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur -8 Derek Fathauer (U.S.) 64 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 64 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 64 -7 Paul Casey (Britain) 65 -6 Anirban Lahiri (India) 66 -5 Brian Harman (U.S.) 67 Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 67 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 67 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 67 -4 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 68 Scott Piercy (U.S.) 68 Harold Varner III (U.S.) 68 Jamie Lovemark (U.S.) 68 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 68 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 68 -3 K.J. Choi (Korea) 69 James Hahn (U.S.) 69 Spencer Levin (U.S. ...
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Garcia ponders Palmer with Seve as teams plan funeral trip
Yahoo News - 5 months
Still-mourning US and European Ryder Cup teams began planning Tuesday to attend Arnold Palmer's memorial service while Sergio Garcia pondered Palmer spiritually joining Seve Ballesteros to watch over them. "I'm sure he will be out there looking down, probably talking to Seve a little bit and seeing who is going to win it," Garcia said, recalling his Spanish compatriot and friend who died in 2011 of brain cancer. Palmer also served as a US captain in 1975.
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Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
Yahoo News - 5 months
Sept 25 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 3543175 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 3130447 3. (3) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 2487204 4. (4) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 1851653 5. (5) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 1693329 6. (6) Branden Grace (South Africa) 1684680 7. (7) Chris Wood (Britain) 1648652 8. (8) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 1558798 9. (9) Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 1388835 10. (10) Lee Westwood (Britain) 1379310 11. (11) Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 1280183 12. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 1254697 13. (13) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 1122072 14. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sergio García
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    After 2015, where the closest García came to victory was The Players Championship – where he lost out in a playoff to Rickie Fowler – he also came agonisingly close at The Honda Classic.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In July 2014, García finished joint runner-up at the 2014 Open Championship, two strokes behind Rory McIlroy.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In January 2014, García won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters after defeating Mikko Ilonen in a playoff.
    More Details Hide Details The win put him back in the world top 10.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He finished tied for 8th place. 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." 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."
  • 2012
    Age 32
    In December 2012, García fired a final round 61 to win the Iskandar Johor Open on the Asian Tour.
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    In doing so, García also secured his place on the 2012 Ryder Cup team.
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    In August 2012, García ended a four-year title drought on the PGA Tour by winning the Wyndham Championship.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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." 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. Following his back-to-back wins, García moved back into the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details García went on to finish tied for 9th place at the Open Championship, his best finish for four years.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
    García finished tied for ninth place in The 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's.
    More Details Hide Details This was his 17th career top-10 finish in a major.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    García had to withdraw from qualifying for the 2011 British Open because of an infected finger.
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    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Amateur Professional García has an endorsement deal with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, uses all TaylorMade equipment, and Adidas shoes and clothing. His equipment setup is as follows:
  • 2008
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a player, he is particularly noted for his strong iron play and accuracy. To date he 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. Garcia has career earnings on the PGA Tour of over $43 million, highest of those without a major championship win. 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had more success on the European Tour where he finished tenth in the inaugural Race to Dubai.
    García earned more money than any other golfer in 2008, earning $6,979,959 in 26 events.
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    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 coincidentally won the HSBC Champions in 2007.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details With this win, he rose to a career high of third in the Official World Golf Rankings. He dedicated the victory to compatriot Seve Ballesteros, who was recovering from multiple operations from the brain tumor that would ultimately claim Ballesteros' life.
    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.
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    On 11 May 2008, García won The Players Championship on the PGA Tour in a sudden-death playoff against Paul Goydos.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    He has won over 20 international tournaments, including The Players Championship in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details García has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009).
  • 2007
    Age 27
    Like at the 2007 Open Championship, Pádraig Harrington was able to erase a García lead on the back nine to take the title.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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."
    In the 2007 PGA Championship, he was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard after the third round.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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, 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 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 March 2007, García received criticism for a spitting incident at the WGC-CA Championship.
    More Details Hide Details During his third round García spat into the bottom of the cup on the 13th green after three-putting for bogey.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 second 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.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On the hole at the Augusta National Golf Club, he holed a 2-iron following a drive. García was a member of the European Ryder Cup team in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014 and holds an impressive career record at the Ryder Cup of 18–9–5. Five of his appearances have resulted in overall victories.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2001
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    He first achieved worldwide prominence with a duel against Tiger Woods in the 1999 PGA Championship, where he eventually finished second.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    His first title on the European Tour came in his sixth start as a professional, in July 1999 at the Irish Open.
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    García turned professional in 1999 after shooting the lowest amateur score in the 1999 Masters Tournament.
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  • 1998
    Age 18
    In 1998 he won The Amateur Championship, and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur.
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  • 1997
    Age 17
    He won a professional tournament, the 1997 Catalonian Open, on the European Challenge Tour, as an amateur.
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    He followed that with a win in the Boys Amateur Championship in 1997.
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  • 1995
    Age 15
    In 1995, García became the youngest player to win the European Amateur.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details This record was broken by amateur Jason Hak in November 2008 at the UBS Hong Kong Open, beating García's record by 107 days.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Born on January 9, 1980.
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