Sergio Garcia
41-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Garcia has 10 wins on the PGA Tour, none bigger than his line major win at the Masters a couple years ago, but that win seems to have changed him for worse. Not surprisingly, Garcia struggled the year after his life-changing win at the Masters, but he also struggled this past season as well and that was not expected. More concerning were his antics when playing poorly. Garcia has been caught damaging courses after poor shots and it's not a good look. It all adds to the mystery that is Garcia. Will he ever regain his old form? It's hard to say, but all things considered, it not likely that he competes at an elite level again. Garcia will remain productive this season, but he's not elite any longer. Read Past Outlooks
Struggles with final round 76
May 30, 2021
Garcia recorded a six-over 76 in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish tied for 20th place.
Garcia started the final round in third place and looking to make a run at the final pairing, but his hopes were quickly dashed as he opened with a bogey and then double bogeyed the par-4 third hole. He struggled to get much going on the greens in the final three rounds but ranked ninth in strokes-gained tee-to-green for the week. The T-20 result snapped a streak of four consecutive missed cuts.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Garcia was one of 13 players to make the FedExCup playoffs each year since 2007, but his streak ended this season as he finished 128. The 2017-18 season was one of disappointment for Sergio, who went from winning his first major the year prior to just three top-10s and zero top-3 finishes for the first time since 2011. Sergio is still one of the world's best but his limited play and poor performance this year held him back from full PGA Tour status. He'll still qualify for many of the biggest events by virtue of his history and top-50 world ranking, but he'll need to up his game if he wants to return back to the FedExCup playoffs next year. Expect Sergio to breach the $2M mark as he has in the six seasons prior to this one and everything to be back to equilibrium for the Spaniard.
Garcia has had more impressive seasons on the PGA Tour with better stats and more earnings, but considering he finally nabbed a major last season, it has to be considered his best. Garcia has been one of the better players on the PGA Tour since the turn of the century, but the absence of a major was always a thorn in his side. That is no longer an issue as Garcia not only won a major, but he won the Masters. He did it in a classic fashion by coming from behind to top major champion Justin Rose. It was a fairytale season for Garcia and although his production after his win at the Masters dropped off considerably, it's hard to blame him for losing a bit of focus. Garcia will likely come back this season with more focus and he should improve on his overall numbers.
Believe it or not, come this January, Sergio Garcia will turn 37. For someone that's seemingly been on the professional golf scene for the past 30 years, it seems impossible. It is true though, which means he's nowhere near being done. In fact, he's still years away from an age-induced decline. With that said, he posted a pretty solid number last season and he'd have to play very well to improve significantly on it. In draft, Garcia is a solid third-round selection.
Garcia accomplished a lot in just 16 starts on the PGA Tour last season. Is he back to his old form though? Tough to tell, in some ways, he might be a better player now than he ever was and that's due in large part to his mental state. Garcia has never been a mental giant on the course, but he seemed to get over a hurdle last year and he just might finally get his first major soon. His price is still a bit too high to justify a salary cap pick however. In draft leagues he's probably a second-rounder, due mainly to his lack of events each year.
The main question entering every season for Garcia is whether or not he'll ever get that elusive major. He's stated that he doesn't think he will, but perhaps that was just a way to take some of the pressure off. Professional golf is littered with players that won a major after everyone gave up on them and Garcia could easily be one of those players. Regardless of the major situation, Garcia continues to be productive and he should again have another solid season in 2014. His upside is questionable, but at just over $2 million, he should get a look. In draft leagues he could go higher than he should because of name recognition, but he should be going in the 25-35 range.
The year was 2008 and Sergio Garcia was about to ascend to the top of the golf world. He was coming off a season where he won the Players Championship and earned nearly $5 million. Then the calendar turned to 2009 and suddenly Garcia lost his game. Although he earned plenty of money the next three years, he was unquestionably in a slump - until August last season when Garcia again entered the winner's circle. Garcia played well in small little spurts during the previous three years and even finished with a top-5 in his first event of 2012, but this was different. For the first time in a while, it felt like the old Sergio was back. He nearly won the following week and finished the season well enough to make us believe that he indeed is back. If that's the case, then he's a must-have at this price. If not, he should return a at least a similar price - unless he goes into a three-year hibernation again. In draft leagues, Garcia will probably go higher than he should because of his name, but anything higher than the third round is probably too early.
Garcia had a very interesting 2011 season. He collected only thee Top-10s in 16 starts but missed only one cut. In those 15 cuts made, he finished in the Top 40 all but once. In sum, he played well enough to make the cut nearly every week and played well enough to stay within the Top 40 most weeks, but he rarely cracked the Top 10. All of which led to a middle-of-the-pack spot on the money list. Garcia's consistency vaults him up the draft board. In golf, you want opportunities to win, and when you make cuts and play well on the weekend, you give yourself the best opportunity to win. Garcia is too talented to keep out of the winner's circle and should find himself back there at some point this season. In draft leagues, he should go somewhere in the third round.
Last season was supposed to be the rebound year for Garcia, but that obviously did not happen. After a very disappointing 2009, many expected Garcia to turn things around in 2010, but instead, his play worsened. He played the minimum required to retain his PGA TOUR privileges, but that likely was due to his dismay at his game. Garcia is simply too talented to continue down this path. While a repeat of his 2008 season when he won the Players Championship is not likely, he should climb back to relevancy this season. Garcia is long off the tee, but he hasn't done much of anything else well the last two years. When he's on, his GIR is pretty solid.
Though Garcia struggled a little bit in 2009, there is no reason to think that Garcia won't rebound in 2010 because he is simply too talented not to. Don't forget, Garcia has earned more than $3 million in three of the his five seasons, and he nearly cracked $5 million in 2008. Garcia will likely be a great value pick this season. Garcia, who finished 2008 being ranked #2, slipped to 11th in the final 2009 Official World Golf Rankings.
Garcia is a tough call in regards to the 2009 season. He only won once last year, so it would appear that there is plenty of upside on his $4.8 number from last year. However, he finished runner-up at two majors and the tourny he won earned him $1.7 million, making it difficult to top his number from last year. Garcia has tremendous potential, but he doesn't play enough on the PGA Tour, and he's failed to show the consistency that would allow him to break into the $6 million range.
2007 was a memorable year for Sergio Garcia, and not for the reasons he would like. Garcia will be best remembered for coming oh so close at the British Open. In fact he was one of a few players that had the opportunity to win, but let it slip away. As a whole, the 2007 season was actually pretty productive though. His earnings were much higher than the previous years, and his game seems to be in pretty good shape. The sky is the limit for Garcia, but much like Mickelson, Garcia won't reach that potential until he wins that first major.
Perhaps the most disappointing player from the 2006 season. Garcia ended 2006 with no victories and only two top-5s. We've come to expect more from Sergio than that. The good news for those in salary cap leagues is you can get a steal here. Heck, for any league where his value is perceived to be 49th on the PGA Tour, you are getting a steal. Garcia is not the type of player who will sit back and wait for things to turn around on their own. He'll figure out what he's doing wrong and fix it.
Here's a perfect example of potential upside from a player. You can spend $3.2 million for either Garcia or Bart Bryant; who are you going to pick? Garcia, like Goosen, doesn't play over here quite as much, but two more events can make a world of difference. We have yet to see the best Garcia has to offer, and everyone should take a long look at Garcia each year. This year's price tag is a little steep, but he should be worth it. At worst, he should match the earnings from last year. At best, he could reach the $5 million mark. That's a nice upside.
Garcia's bad year in 2003 was clearly the fault of the putter. He ranked below 170th on Tour in 2003 and was able to improve to 129th last year. That ranking is not great, but it was enough to improve on his 2003 earnings by over $2.5 million. Now here's the kicker: Garcia has proven himself to be a pretty good putter throughout his career, only recently has the putter failed him. If last year is the beginning of a trend and his putter is on the way back, then 2005 could be a great year for Garcia. It took a while for Garcia to get his swing back, next he figures out the putter and has an even better year in 2005.
Garcia passed the 20-tournament mark for the second year in a row in 2003. That's the good news. The bad is that his game fell apart on him and he finished 95th on the Money List. He's retooled his swing (the learning curve being part of the reason for the drop in performance) and showed signs of life later in the year. He has to be a little better in 2004.
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