The sports of golf has produced many great personalities and one of them is Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard tasted success early on in his career, becoming the youngest player to make the cut on the European Tour as well as the youngest person to make the European Ryder Cup team. Whereas many athletes who achieve success early go on to become a bust, Garcia has been a remarkable difference. He has won over 30 titles in his career including one major. Find out more about the man nicknamed El Nino.
Sergio Garcia Fernandez was born on the 9th of January 1980. He grew up in Borriol, a little town on the eastern coast of Spain. Garcia hails from a family of five. His father’s name is Victor Garcia while his mother’s name is Consuelo. The golfer also has a sister named Mar and a brother named Victor Jr. Sergio Garcia began playing golf at an early age. His father worked as a caddie (later professional golfer) at a golf club in Madrid and taught him all he knew.
Garcia exhibited a natural aptitude for the sport and at the age of 12, won a club championship. Garcia did not rest on his oars and by the age of 16, made the cut at the Turespana Open Mediterranean. He thus became the youngest player to make the cut on the European Tour. Sergio Garcia became a household name in golf four years later. This was at the 1999 PGA Championship where he went head to head with the legendary golfer, Tiger Woods. Even though he lost the duel, he nevertheless made an incredible shot from behind a tree which remains evergreen till today.
Garcia won several titles as an amateur and turned pro in 1999. Since becoming a professional, Sergio Garcia has won 31 titles; 10 of these came on The PGA Tour, 15 on The European Tour and 6 on The Asian tour. Garcia has also won other tournaments such as The Catalan Open, The Nedbank Golf Challenge (twice) and The Telus Skims Game. In golf, there are four Majors namely The Masters, The Open Championship, The U.S. Open and The PGA Championship. They are the pinnacle of any golfer’s career and Sergio Garcia’s was no different.
Despite his brilliance at other tournaments, he struggled at The Majors for years. He even finished an agonising second on two occasions; PGA Championship in 1999 and The Open championship in 2007. He however persevered until the year 2017 when he defeated Englishman, Justin Rose to win The Masters at Augusta. He donned the famous green jacket and became just the 3rd Spaniard ever to do so.
Sergio Garcia’s career has also encompassed team glory. He has been a regular member of the European Ryder Cup team since 1999. The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf competition which pits team Europe against team America. Garcia has enjoyed victory with team Europe six times. He is also the highest scoring player in the competition.
Sergio Garcia is married to an American lady named Angela Akins. She is the daughter of college football player turned politician, Marty Akins. She is also a cousin of NFL legendary quarterback, Drew Brees. Garcia’s wife is a golf enthusiast. She played golf while in college and now works as a reporter for The Golf Channel.
Garcia and Akins commenced their relationship in 2015 and got engaged in January 2017. They tied the knot in July 2017 in a ceremony held in Texas. The lovely couple has a daughter together. She was born in March 2018 and her name is Azalea. Garcia named his daughter after the 13th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club. The hole proved pivotal in his Masters victory of 2017. Prior to his marriage, Garcia famously dated other people such as golfer Katharina Boehm and tennis star, Martina Hingis. He also dated Morgan-Leigh Norman, daughter of legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman.
Sergio Garcia has a net worth of $40 million. The bulk of his wealth comes from his tour earnings. Golf is one of the most lucrative sports in the world and Garcia has earned more than $48 million on the PGA Tour. Additionally, he has earned $29.3 million on the European tour. Other sources of income for the Spaniard include endorsement deals with Sporting Goods Company.
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Sergio Garcia is 5 feet 10 inches tall (1.78m) and weighs 82 kg (180lbs). His hair colour is dark brown while his eye colour is green. A cursory look at Garcia will reveal that he has an athletic physique. This is not just due to golf but also football. Garcia is a passionate lover of football and supports Real Madrid Football Club. He even has a football club in his town known as Borriol CF. He is not just the president of the club but also plays for them.