Tulsa, Sergio Garcia equals Txema Olazábal

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Tulsa, Sergio Garcia equals Txema Olazábal

Sergio García from Castellón has a little cause for celebration, if you will, this week in Southern Hills (Tulsa, Oklahoma). On the occasion of the PGA Championship, now the second 'big' on the calendar, he will play his 93rd Grand Slam, the same number that the Basque Txema Olazábal, the Spanish player with the most appearances in the 'majors', has played to date, after beating the record Seve Ballesteros' 87 at the 2017 Masters.

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Vasco and Castellón, starting this week, will therefore share that honor, at least until the next US Open, in which Sergio could lead the ranking with 94th place. Sergio played his first amateur Grand Slam in July 1996, it was the British Open at Royal Lytham.

He was 16 years old, and he missed the cut. The Open was won by Tom Lehman two strokes ahead of Ernie Els. In declarations to the special envoys of the portal 'tengolf.es', García speaks like this about his debut in the 'majors'

“I remember very well my first practice round at a Grand Slam, there at Royal Lytham. It was with Seve. I don't remember who else was playing, really. But I remember Seve. And I was there, when I was 16 years old… It was incredible, above all, to see how much they loved him”.

Sergio hoards a total of 23 top ten in the 'greats' And in the 1999 PGA in Medinah (Chicago), the second he played as a professional, he gave himself as he says he knows, finishing 2nd against Tiger Woods with the famous blow from the trunk of a tree.

In 2008, again in a PGA he was leading by 3 with 9 holes to go, but Padraig Harrington ended up winning. “The 2008 PGA comes to mind first, without a doubt. That week I played very, very well and also the playing conditions in Oakland Hills were very difficult.

That week I really felt, through play and sensations, that it was my week", he told 'tengolf.es' In Southern Hills the man from Borriol has played two 'big ones', a US Open in 2001 and six years later, in 2007, a PGA where he was disqualified for signing an incorrect card on the third day. Starting this Thursday, the third episode between Sergio and the Tulsa tour begins….