Sergio Garcia: “Tiger Woods, it’s impressive”

Sergio Garcia spoke about Tiger Woods’ return at the Masters.

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“We didn’t even know if he was going to be able to walk or forget about playing golf. Obviously, yeah, it’s very impressive to see, but we’ve seen it in the past from him. So, it’s a little bit surprising to an extent.”

Sergio Garcia is nicknamed El Niño (the baby). A professional since 1999, he is a member of the PGA Tour and the European Tour. After his victory at the 2008 HSBC Champions he reached the position of No. 2 in the world behind Tiger Woods, and is currently the No. 11 in the world. In 2016 he managed to clinch his ninth victory on the PGA Tour, winning the AT&T Byron Nelson. In 2017 he won the Augusta Masters after an extraordinary duel with the English Justin Rose, which ended in the playoff.

He starts playing golf at the age of 3 at the “Club de Campo del Mediterráneo”, where his father Victor was his teacher. At 12 he is already champion of his club, four years later he becomes the youngest player to pass the cut in a European Tour event, in the 1995 Turespaña Mediterranean Open. This record was beaten by amateur Jason Hark in the UBS Hong Kong Open . In the same year Garcìa becomes the youngest player to win the European Amateur Champioship. In his amateur career he won everything: from the Topolino World Junior Championship (1994), to the European championship (1995), to the British Amateur (1998).

In his first year as a pro, he immediately stood out with a spectacular head-to-head with Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship, where he performed his most famous shot: an intentional slice from behind a tree with a ball ending in the green and García running and jumping to see the landing.

He loves fast cars especially Ferraris, he supports Real Madrid and his hobbies include tennis (he is a great friend of Rafael Nadal) and video games. He was engaged to tennis player Martina Hingis and to Morgan Norman, daughter of golfer Greg Norman.