Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia's résumé makes impressive reading. His prodigious talent was recognized at the tender age of three – not entirely by chance, as you might imagine. Sergio Garcia's father Victor was himself a keen golfer and club professional in Castellón. As trainer and mentor, he took his son under his wing, supporting him every step of the way in his career.
When he won his first club tournament at the age of 12, it was clear that Garcia had what it takes to become a truly outstanding player. He set a new record, becoming the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event at the 1995 Turespaña Open Mediterranea. In 1999, aged just 19, he turned professional, and achieved worldwide prominence with a duel against Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship, where he eventually finished second. Having participated nine times with six wins, the Spanish golfer became not only one of the most experienced but also the best player in Ryder Cup history. The three points Sergio added in four matches at the 2018 Ryder Cup victory catapulted him to the top of a historical statistic: With 25.5 points, Sergio Garcia is now the all-time Ryder Cup points leader. Not only has Sergio earned more points than the previous record-holder, Sir Nick Faldo, he did this in just nine Ryder Cups, whereas Faldo achieved the previous record in 11 Ryder Cup events. His reputation as one of the golfing greats is confirmed by his presence in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for most of his career, having won 34 tournaments worldwide and recorded 23 top-ten finishes in world championships.
The highlight of his career came in 2017 when he claimed his first major title by winning the Masters in Augusta. With this legendary win, he not only secured the famous green jacket but he also earned his participation in the Masters for life.
Besides his passionate dedication to golf, he invests time in his own social project. In 2002 he set up the Sergio Garcia Foundation - the perfect vehicle to combine the two topics so close to his heart. The aim of the Foundation is to promote the social integration of disabled or disadvantaged children through fundraising events and sport as a recreational activity.
For more information on his Foundation, go to www.sergiogarcia.com
Our Golf Partner and His Bond with Switzerland
We are proud to have Sergio Garcia, one of the best golfers in the world, as a golf partner, and we are delighted to work with such an exceptional talent.
From Europe to America, Africa and Asia, Sergio Garcia has taken the golfing world by storm; which makes it all the more gratifying that this global citizen has paid us the compliment of choosing to live here in Switzerland.
Since 2002, Sergio has chosen to make Crans-Montana his second home where he comes to relax and take a break from his hectic schedule. He loves to train at the Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre, and practice obviously paid off for him when he won the Omega European Masters here in 2005. Although he cannot make it back to his “Swiss home” every year for this tournament, he states that “the course is so much fun and you have so many options. You can play aggressively and try to reach the par 4 holes with a few swings or you can play conservatively with the wedges and hit a few birdies.”
While his Tour schedule may keep him busy, he still has a keen sense of social responsibility. He feels he has an obligation to those less fortunate than himself. We at Credit Suisse also pride ourselves on a high level of professionalism in pursuit of our goals yet maintain our focus on corporate citizenship. That is why Sergio Garcia makes the perfect golf partner for Credit Suisse - we share the same basic values and therefore we are delighted to have this outstanding and charismatic sportsman on our team.