Sergio Garcia

British Open Golf Contenders 2012 - Sergio Garcia

British Open Golf Betting Sergio GarciaSergio Garcia started as tournament favourite at Royal Birkdale in 2008 but never managed to carry the weight of expectancy home. He was there or thereabouts in 2008, but he faded badly towards the end and finished in a very modest tie for 51st position. This upset a good run at the Open where between 2001 and 2007 he had achieved 6 top ten finishes in 7 consecutive Opens. This has unfortunately summed up his career with so many near misses in Majors but he is yet to pick up one of the big for tournaments in golf.

Sergio has been woefully out of form over the past 18 months, the Spaniard has dropped out of the top 50 in the world and has suffered from a lack of confidence. There are one or two signs of a revival though and he will be hoping that continues at the Open, he had a decent week at the US Open recently and came second in the BMW International in June as he looks to climb the rankings once again.

Since turning professional in 1999, the 31 year old Spaniard has enjoyed 20 career wins and had been a top ten and even top five player in the world rankings for over 7 years. Some say that he is the best player still on tour never to have won a Major, but he has come so close on a few occasions. In 2007 he was beaten by his great rival, Padraig Harrington in a play off for the British Open at Carnoustie and was also runner up to Tiger Woods in the 1999 USPGA Championship.

In all he has had 16 top ten Major finishes. His best win probably came in 2008 when he won the Players Championship, a tournament often referred to as the fifth major. Sergio has also been an important member of the Ryder Cup Team since 2002 and is rapidly earning a top class reputation in the match play format, he did miss out in 2010 though when his form slumped.