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Sergio Takes Center Stage

Swinging with Sergio

Various "experts" spend a lot of time criticizing Garcia's unconventional swing, but the Spaniard is ranked among the world's best golfers for a reason. The key to his and any "odd" swing is that he is able to return the club to the address position at impact and then repeat that action consistently. Should amateurs emulate him?Probably not. But it works for Sergio.

He begins in a classic address position and gets to a workable position at the top . The amount of lag on the downswing makes his swing unique, but this move also allows him to generate incredible power. Despite retaining so much lag so late in the swing, he is able to get square at impact, fully extend through the ball and finish with perfect balance. So don't fret if your swing isn't "perfect," just learn to repeat it.

The Garcia File

WORLD RANK: 5

WORLD MONEY RANK: Sixth with $2,172,841

PGA TOUR MONEY RANK: Eighth with $1,834,813

PGA TOUR VICTORIES:
3; Mercedes Championships (2002), Buick Classic (2001) and MasterCard Colonial (2001)

INTERNATIONAL PRO VICTORIES:
4, including the 1999 Murphy's Irish Open and 1999 Linde German Masters

THE MAJORS:
Best finishes are fourth in the U.S. Open (2002) and second in the PGA Championship (1999)

NATIONAL TEAMS:
Ryder Cup (1999, 2002); Dunhill Cup (1999, 2000); EMC World Cup (2001)

SIGNIFICANT PGA TOUR STATS:
First in total driving; sixth in driving distance (291.6)

SIGNIFICANT EUROPEAN TOUR STATS:
Sixth, Volvo Order of Merit

RECORDS:
Youngest to make a European PGA Tour cut (15 years, 46 days; 1995); fourth youngest to win a European PGA Tour event (19 years, 176 days; 1999); youngest Ryder Cup participant ever (19 years; 1999)

EUROPEAN AWARDS:
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year (1999); Association of Golf Writers Trophy (1999); Asprey & Garrard Golfer of the Month (September 2001)

AMATEUR RECORD: 19 wins

All stats through July 19, 2002

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