Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia

Active - 2002 - 2006  |   Born - Jan 9, 1980 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Family & Personal Relationships

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  • Picked up the game of golf at the age of 3 and won his first club championship at 12.
  • Became the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event (1995) and the youngest member of the European Ryder Cup team (1999).
  • Nicknamed "El Nino" while taking the golf world by storm in the late '90s, coming to prominence in the U.S. with his remarkable 6-iron shot from behind a tree at the 1999 PGA Championship.
  • Established himself in 1999 as a driving force in the Ryder Cup team competition, achieving a 14-3-3 record in his matches as Europe beat the U.S. in three of Garcia's first four Cup events.
  • Developed, in 2002, a pre-shot habit of gripping and re-gripping the club between 10 and 30 times while over the ball; rid himself of the habit after TV coverage used on-screen counters to track the number of "waggles."
  • Founded the Sergio Garcia Foundation in 2002.
  • In 2013, pledged $1,000 for every birdie and $2,000 for every eagle he made over seven tournaments; he ended up donating $110,000 to 13 different chapters of The First Tee.
  • Tied, with Ricky Fowler, for runner-up (behind Rory McIlroy) at the 2014 British Open.
  • Tied for eighth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the first time golf was played at the games in over a century.