Two years and four months after turning professional in October 2020, the Japanese Takumi Kanaya (-10) achieved victory at the Oman International Series, his first victory on a major circuit with a difference of four strokes over the second, the Thai Sadom Kaewkanjana, and American Berry Henson, an Asian Tour veteran
Sergio Garcia, results
The heavy favorites punctured on the last lap and played above par.
Sergio García did not know how to control the wind and sealed a +2 lap with four bogeys and two birdies. The man from Castellón took advantage of his extraordinary initial round (-5) to finish fifth along with the Chilean Joaquín Niemann (+2 this Sunday and -3 total).
The other Spaniard in contention, Eugenio López Chacarra made 73 and finished with +2 in 24th place. Sergio Garcia began playing golf at the age of 3 at the “Club de Campo del Mediterráneo”, where his father Victor was a teacher.
At 12 he was already champion of his club, four years later he became the youngest player to pass the cut in an event of the European Tour, in the 1995 Turespaña Open Mediterranea. This record was broken by amateur Jason Hark in the UBS Hong Kong Open .
In the same year Garcìa becomes the youngest player to win the European Amateur Championship. In his amateur career he won everything: from the Topolino World Junior Championship (1994), to the European championship (1995), to the British Amateur (1998).
He turned pro in 1999 after winning the best amateur title at the Augusta Masters, reaching a hcp of +5.4 and an official match-play average of 32 wins and only one loss. 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 the ball going into the green and García running and jumping to see it land.
García has always been one of the strongest tee-to-green players, with a very distinctive swing. He is one of the pillars of the European Ryder Cup team, in which he has 6 victories (2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2018) in 9 participations and has set the record of youngest participant in the tournament (in 1999 edition).
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