Garcia compiled numerous accomplishments as an amateur, and he is the youngest player ever to win the European Amateur title. Garcia turned professional in 1999 and won twice during his rookie season on the European Tour (Murphy's Irish Open and Linde German Masters). Garcia continued his winning ways on the PGA Tour in 2001 where he notched two more victories at Colonial and the Buick Classic.
PGA Tour and European Tour
A seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, Garcia's most notable victories include the 2004 Byron Nelson Championship and the Players Championship in 2008. In addition, Garcia remains a regular member of the European Tour where he collected two wins in 2008 at the Castello Masters Costa Azahar in his native country of Spain and the HSBC Champions. For his career, Garcia has totaled nearly $25 million in earnings.
Garcia has come close to breaking through at a major tournament on several different occasions and has accumulated 15 top 10 finishes. Furthermore, he's finished runner up three different times. At the 2007 British Open, Garcia had a makeable putt to win on the 72 hole but failed to convert and eventually lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. Garcia would take second place to Harrington again at the 2008 PGA Championship.
Ryder Cup and Official World Golf Rankings
A mainstay of the European team, Garcia has taken part in the last five Ryder Cup competitions. He's helped the Europeans to three wins during his five appearances with a career record of 14-6-4 during Ryder Cup play. Garcia has spent in excess of 250 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, peaking as high as second during the 2008 season. As of July 2009, Garcia currently ranks fifth worldwide.
Garcia has landed an abundance of endorsement deals and is one of the headlining players for TaylorMade-Adidas Golf. Garcia has been involved in several high profile relationships including the likes of former tennis star Martina Hingis and Morgan-Leigh Norman, daughter of legendary golfer Greg Norman.