Sergio Garcia has a Major of his own and is the highest points scorer in Ryder Cup history. Garcia has five top tens in nine appearances at this event and, while he admits fatherhood has changed his priorities in recent years, he admits lifting the trophy is still one of his big aims.
During an interview, the Spaniard talked about fatherhood, explaining: "It would be nice. I've been close to winning here a couple of times. It would be nice to do it, obviously. I think you're not the centre of attention anymore.
Obviously your focus, it's somewhere else and making sure that they are safe, making sure that they grow up being good kids and polite and everything and obviously my wife, Angela, does a great job at that. I try to do my best, too.
It definitely puts things a little bit into perspective and it's fun. It's a new chapter of life and my life in this case, and it's hard work, but we enjoy it." Garcia, in his first year as a pro, 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 ending in 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).
A professional since 1999, Garcia is a member of the PGA Tour and the European Tour. After his victory at the HSBC Champions in 2008 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.
Morikawa was named an honorary life member of the European Tour
Two-time Major champion Collin Morikawa (the only player to have managed to win the PGA Championship and The Open on his debut) has become the fifth American to receive a lifetime membership on the European Tour (which in 2022 will become DP World Tour ) after Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Patrick Reed.
Morikawa was named an honorary life member of the European Tour for his victory at The Open, the oldest major in golf, which arrived in England last July. The award came on the eve of the DP World Tour Championship, the last act of the European Tour 2021 scheduled from 18 to 21 November in Dubai.
In the United Arab Emirates, the 24-year-old from Los Angeles (world number 2) will try to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai, the order of merit of the circuit. Born in Los Angeles to Debbie and Blaine Morikawa, respectively of Chinese and Japanese descent, he began playing golf at the age of 5.
He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played the sport from 2015 to 2019 before graduating with a degree in business administration. He turns pro in 2019 by taking part in the Canadian Open, where he places 14th.
In August 2020 he won the PGA Championship on his first attempt, then repeating the success in July 2021 with the victory of the British Open, again as a rookie. This made him the first golfer in history to win two majors on his first participation.
The Californian also becomes the seventh golfer since 1900 to win the Open on his debut - after Jock Hutchison (1921), Denny Shute (1933), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Lema (1964), Tom Watson (1975) and Ben Curtis (2003) - as well as setting a new Royal St.
George's course hitting record with 265 (the previous record of 267, set in 1993, was by Greg Norman). In 2021 he participates in the Games of the XXXII Tokyo Olympics, finishing third after the planned fourth rounds, but on an equal footing with nine other golfers. In the playoffs, however, he was overtaken by Pan Cheng-tsung, finishing in fourth place.