Sergio Garcia leaves the top-100 of ranking

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Sergio Garcia leaves the top-100 of ranking

The Spanish Sergio García, currently number 99 in the world, will leave the top-100 of the ranking of professional golfers at the end of this week, in which he has been 23 years and 21 weeks uninterruptedly. This is reported by the Twitter account @VC606, linked to the official world ranking (Official World Golf Ranking), which recalls that the player from Castellón was installed in the top-100 on July 4, 1999, the year in which he became a professional, and since then never left him.

Sergio García, ranking

Since the world ranking of golfers exists, only three players have been among the top 100 in the world for so long: the American Phil Mickelson, Sergio García himself and the Fijian Vijay Singh.

García, 42 years old and who became number 2 in the world, has won 36 titles during his professional career: 16 on the European circuit, 11 on the PGA Tour, 6 on the Asian circuit and 5 in other competitions. His greatest triumph was at the 2017 Masters, his only great one.

He started playing golf at the age of 3 at the "Club de Campo del Mediterráneo", where his father Victor was a 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).

He went pro in 1999 after winning the title of best amateur at the Augusta Masters, reaching a hcp of +5.4 and an official match-play average of 32 wins and one defeat. 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.

García has always been one of the strongest players from tee to green, 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 for the youngest participant in the tournament (in the 1999 edition).