Eighteen years later, Sergio Garcia is still just as excited about wining a major award on the European Tour.
Garcia won the Golf Writers Trophy as voted on by the Association of Golf Writers. He won three times on the European Tour in 2017, including his first Major, coming at the Masters.
He additionally won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, a tournament he also served as the host of.
Garcia’s first time winning the award was 18 years ago in 1999 when he finished second to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship while just 19 years old.
“It is a tremendous honour to be recognised as the AGW Golfer of the Year by the Association’s members,” said Garcia. “It is something that is very difficult to achieve, so it’s always a pleasure.
“To be voted the award for a second time, it is extremely exciting and hopefully I will be able to win it again. We know that both the golfers and media go hand in hand in this business, and we always appreciate when they recognize you for something as big as this.”
Garcia is the first player not named Henrik Stenson or Rory McIlroy to win the award in the last five years. Stenson won it in 2013 and 2016; McIlory took in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
The Golf Writers Trophy is awarded each year to the person or persons, born or resident in Europe, who in the opinion of AGW members has made the most outstanding contribution to golf in the preceding twelve months.
“We are delighted to give this award to Sergio,” said AGW Chairman, Iain Carter. “I suspect very few people would have expected this great talent to have been so frustrated for so long at major championships, especially when you consider how he burst on to the scene.”