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Sergio Garcia

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/9/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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Sergio Garcia closed out victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates GC with a smart final round of 3-under-par 33-36=69, good for a 72-hole total of 19-under 269 and a three shot winning margin over runner-up Henrik Stenson.
Ahead of the final lap the contest seemed to have boiled down to a two horse race between Garcia and Stenson - and so it proved. The Spaniard made the first move, ticking birdie at the 1st to stretch his advantage from three to four. He would close the front nine with another par breaker at the 9th, but Stenson was making ground and on the 15th tee the gap was just two. What happened next, Garcia said afterwards "was massive". Stenson flew the green at the par-3 and Garcia pounced, nailing his tee shot to tap-in range; Stenson made bogey, Garcia converted, the lead was back to four. It was not quite over; Garcia missed the green with his approach to 16, but a dazzling chip saved par and with it the title. He dropped no shot on Sunday and impressed all week with every facet of his game. "Some of the key moments, how I handled them," he said of the final round challenge, "I'm very pleased." The win, his 12th on the European Tour, is the first since 2014. Feb 5 - 8:14 AM

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Sergio Garcia completed a sensational birdie-4 on the final hole of his third round in complete darkness; in so doing he carded 4-under-par 35-33=68 for an Omega Dubai Desert Classic 54-hole total of 16-under 200, three clear of Henrik Stenson who is two clear of Ian Poulter and Prom Meesawat in a tie for third.

The final group were nearly one hole adrift of the penultimate trio and so had to not only play the par-five 18th in darkness, but rush as they did so. Astoundingly Nacho Elvira made eagle whilst Garcia layed up and then completed an up and down from the fairway. It completed a birdie-birdie finish which gives him a vital gap over Stenson - and came after he changed from the conventional putting grip back to the pencil grip after leaving the 15th green which he three-putted for bogey. Earlier he had opened with a bogey at the 1st, but then made birdie at the second for a third time in the week. He began the back nine with three red numbers in four holes at 10, 12 and 13. In six appearances on the Majlis course he is yet to break the top ten and has final rounds of 74-67-75-71 in the log book.
Feb 4 - 9:45 AM

Sergio Garcia carved a second round five-under-par 31-36=67 to hit the 36-hole mark of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on 12-under 132, good for a three stroke advantage over Nacho Elvira at the Emirates GC.

The Spaniard, like many of those returning early Saturday morning to resume their second lap, took advantage of the calmer conditions, something that will no doubt add fuel to the fire of those, Lee Westwood amongst them, riled by Friday's early finish. Garcia had pegged two birdies and a bogey yesterday and on resumption thrashed three red number in three holes at 6, 7 and 8. He made bogey at 12 but responded by ticking 13 and 16. With Elvira he will make up an all-Spanish final pair in round three, with George Coetzee and Henrik Stenson (both 8-under) the next nearest challengers. Garcia ranks 5th for fairways hit this week (72%) and 10th for Driving Distance (306 yards). One concern? His round three and four form on the Majlis course: just one sub-70 round in eight and a previous best finish of T11.
Feb 4 - 3:10 AM

Taking advantage of the calmer morning conditions, Sergio Garcia hung up a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, good enough for a one-shot lead in the clubhouse over Felipe Aguilar and George Coetzee. EDIT:- Play was suspended at 17.50 local time due to darkness. Only six players had not finished their rounds. As predicted, nothing changed at the top of the leaderboard and the resumption at 07.30 will not change that - the six are well adrift of the leaders.

That's the Spaniard's lowest lap of Emirates GC, beating the 66 which helped him to T11 in 2009. Teeing off at the par-5 10th, Sergio opened with a birdie and added another red number at 12. After four pars he made his big move by playing the next five holes in 5-under. That burst featured birdies at 17, 18 and 2 followed by an eagle-3 at 3 after a stunning approach to just four feet. Garcia hit 8-under with another gain at 5 but gave one back at the tough par-4 8th hole. The forecast suggests the winds will really pick up in the afternoon session so it's hard to see Garcia's score being challenged by the second wave. "I've done very well I guess," he said later. "It was getting a little bit tasty there at the end, the last five, six holes. So it was nice to be able to get it in on a good score. It's supposed to blow hard tomorrow. That's the forecast, but you never know out here."
Feb 2 - 4:11 AM

Sergio Garcia will need to conjure some magic on the greens if he is to contend in this week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis course at Emirates GC.

The Spaniard missed the cut on his debut at the course and did so again on his most recent start there in 2015, yet in between he has notched four top 20 finishes. Trouble is, he’s not once cracked the top ten and difficulty on the greens seems to be the problem if the stats are anything to go by (he struggles to average less than 30 swings of the putter per round). He’s also hampered by an inability to go low at the weekend – just one sub-70 round in eight attempts. He’s a winner in the desert (2014 Qatar Masters), but he needs to find something he’s not really hinted at if he is to add that title this week. The better news is that he did lead after 36 holes last time he was in Dubai (November’s DP World Tour Championship) and opened the season with T11 in the Asian Tour’s Singapore Open.
Jan 30 - 11:46 AM

Sergio Garcia enjoyed another impressive lap of the Earth Course on Friday, signing for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to share the halfway lead alongside Francesco Molinari at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

In contrast to his opening 68, the Spaniard played the final four holes in 2-under as opposed to 2-over today and that allowed him to reach 9-under 135 at the midpoint. He and Molinari lead Lee Westwood by a shot. Sergio cruised through his opening nine with birdies at 2, 4 and 6 and added another at 11. He then produced one of the par saves of the season, taking a penalty drop from a bush after a hooked drive and draining a monster putt for his '4' at 12. He did give a shot away at 13 but responded with red circles at 14 and 16 to put himself in ideal spot to launch a title bid this weekend. "I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well," said Garcia. "I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also." This is Garcia's sixth start in the European Tour's season closer and he's now 59-under for his 22 laps.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:52:00 AM

Sergio Garcia briefly held the outright lead before posting a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

That's a single swing behind clubhouse leaders Julien Quesne and Nicolas Colsaerts. After a steady start featuring a birdie at No. 3 and six pars, the Spaniard hit the gas with red numbers at 8, 10 and 11. That put him just one off the pace and he leapfrogged the leaders in one move by draining a bomb for eagle at No. 14 to hit 6-under. Garcia consolidated his position with a par at 15 but dropped back with a double bogey-6 at the par-4 16th hole. Two closing pars completed a 68 and gave him a sixth round in the 60s in his last eight laps at the Earth Course. Garcia came into the event ranked 20th on the Race to Dubai but could climb as high as fifth with a win.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 06:31:00 AM

Sergio Garcia wrapped up a solid week in China with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to finish the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in a tie for ninth place on 12-under 276.

There was no catching Hideki Matsuyama this week, but the Spaniard finished just four strokes off the co-runner-ups this week. Garcia was tidy, tee-to-green, ranking T5 in fairways hit (42-of-56) and third in GIR percentage (79%). The 36-year-old was especially strong with the irons today, circling birdies on three of the four par 3s after playing them at 3-over without a single birdie during the first three rounds. Garcia was playing his fifth WGC-HSBC Champions this week, and he's now finished T11 or better in three of the five.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 08:55:00 AM

Sergio Garcia picked up right where he left off back at Hazeltine, carding a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Spaniard split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens today to keep the scoring opportunities flowing. He was also 3-for-3 scrambling to maintain a tidy card. Garcia's birdies came in predictable spots, with a birdie at the par-5 10th (Handicap 16), the par-4 16th (Handicap 15), the par-4 17th (Handicap 14), and an eagle at the par-5 third (Handicap 17). The only thing missing was a birdie at the easiest hole (par-5 fifth) which Garcia parred. The 36-year-old finds himself T6 after day one, but he'll need to keep his foot on the gas for three more rounds considering the winning score here last year was 26-under and three golfers have already raced out to 8-under.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 06:20:00 AM

The all Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia and Ryder Cup rookie Rafael Cabrera Bello closed out Team USA Captain's Picks J.B. Holmes and Ryder Cup rookie Ryan Moore 3&2 in Friday four-balls at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The Spaniards win was the second on Day 1 thru seven matches, diminishing the U.S. lead to 5 points versus 2. Garcia was on the losing end in the morning foursomes sessions 4&2 (with Martin Kaymer), while Cabrera Bello got his first Ryder Cup action underway with birdie-3 at the first, stoking the Euros to a lead they would never relinquish. Garcia bumped the margin to 2UP with his first of five birdies at the fifth, with Cabrera Bello winning the sixth with birdie-4 and halving the seventh with a 15-foot par-saver. Garcia put the momentum squaring in the Euros favor with a pitch-in birdie at the ninth to go 4UP, maintaining that spread thru 13 holes, before Moore finally won holes for the U.S. with birdies on 14 and 15. Holmes contributed just one birdie-4 at the 11th for a halve.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 06:54:00 PM

Sergio Garcia, who owns the sixth best percentage rate of all-time European players, will tee it up in the Ryder Cup for the eighth time at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week.

The 36-year-old keeps the Spanish flame burning in this event, the one which has blazed so brightly since lit by Ballesteros and fanned by Olazabal. His overall record of 18-9-5 adds up to an excellent .64%. Delve deeper and you see he has a superb foursomes record (9-2-2), a fine fourball logbook (6-3-3) but is surprisingly weak in the singles (3-4-0). Will he be reunited with Lee Westwood in alternate shot? It would be no surprise since they are undefeated in foursomes with three wins and two halves (both players are on the brink of becoming Europe's winningest foursome performers in history). He's not extended himself in 2016, but scheduled with this match, the majors and the Olympics in mind. He won the Byron Nelson Championship, finished T5 in the U.S. Open and Open Championship, T8 in the Olympics, but lasted only two weeks in the FedEx Cup play-offs.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:30:00 AM

Sergio Garcia enjoyed a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the BMW Championship to reach halftime on 7-under 137, up 10 places to T6 with play still in progress.

Unlike 36 others, the 36-year-old completed his opening lap on Thursday. His 69 featured two bogeys against three birdies and an eagle-3 at the ninth. The Spaniard got on the board in R2 with another eagle-3, this one at the fifth, rolling in a 72-foot bomb from off the green using the flat stick. Ten holes later, he added an 11-footer for birdie at the par-5 15th, and walked off with a 12'4" roll for birdie-3 at the 18th. Garcia landed 14 greens in regulation for a second straight lap, recording 2.742 SG: Tee-to-Green but -0.692 SG: Putting. He only had one other scoring chance from inside of 10 feet, whiffing from 4'4" at the par-4 10th, but kept the card clean, highlighted by a 8'5" par-saver at the 12th.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 04:36:00 PM

After skipping the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, Sergio Garcia returns to action at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Spaniard skipped the first two tournaments of the Playoffs last year, so he's actually returning to action sooner this time around. It's not uncommon for him, as he's skipped TPC Boston three of the last four years, only to return for the BMW Championship. This week he arrives ranked 28th in the FedExCup race, so he'll need to bank some extra points over the next two weeks if he wants to make it to East Lake for the sixth time in his career. Given his long layoff (no play since Rio in mid-August), this might be a good week to let him shake off the rust before re-investing next week at the BMW Championship.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 03:34:00 PM

Sergio Garcia thrashed a superb 5-under-par 31-35-66 to end the Men's Olympic Golf Competition on 7-under 277.

The Spaniard has been wowed all week by the sporting festival taking place in Rio de Janeiro, but it took him fully four days to arrive at the party. His round was sublime, but also too little, too late for him to wear a medal. He made good early use of the par-fives, dropping a putt from 16'2" for a 4 on the first and making a two-putt birdie on No. 5. He then cruised the turn in some style. He tapped in for a birdie 2 at 8, kicked another birdie in on 9 and two-putted the par-five 10th for a hat-trick of red numbers. He drove the short par-four 16th to make a final birdie, before tripping up on 17 with a bogey-4. When he signed his card he was T5 but a full four shots shy of the medal podium.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Sergio Garcia is excited to be representing Spain in the 31st Olympiad at Rio de Janeiro this week.

If coping with blustery conditions is the factor many suspect it will be, then the 35-year-old has to be considered. This year he has been T7 in Doha, T2 at PGA National, a winner at Las Colinas and T5 at Royal Troon, each one of those venues testing everyone's long game in the wind. His form – if you forgive him the missed cut at Baltusrol in the PGA Championship - is also strong: 1-T5-T5-T5. And he can't be too tired, as some might be at this stage in the season, because the first of those five events was back in late May. It is debatable quite how much it will be a factor, but it might be worth considering that on Gil Hanse restorations Garcia has finished T2 at Ridgewood and T4 at TPC Boston.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 08:16:00 AM