After helping Europe into victory during the 2012 Ryder Cup, Sergio Garcia was last December able to end his four-year Asian Tour win-less streak after winning the Iskandar Johor Open.
After failing to win a title in the tour since the 2008 HSBC Champions, Sergio Garcia seems to have got over his two year slump from 2008-2010; a time when he fell into 74th place in the PGA tour ranking money list and out of the top 50 in the Official Golf Rankings.
Now found in a comfortable 16th place in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 2012 season was certainly one of improvement for the Spaniard who won the Wyndham Cup in August, finishing a spectacular -18 to par.
This however was almost shaded into neglect after the 32 year-old won the rain swept Johor Open with a brilliant finish at 11- under 61. Though the path wasn’t always the straightest for Sergio Garcia after a frustrating week on the green, the Spaniard went ahead to clear all opposition; so much so that his final round was the lowest by a winner in Asian Tour history:
“It has been a long week because of the weather but I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end it.”
Interestingly, since helping Europe defeat the United States in the Ryder Cup under the watchful gaze of Jose Maria Olazabal, Garcia becomes the seventh Ryder Cup star to win a title.
Joining him in raising individual cups are Justin Rose, Peter Hanson and Ian Poulter amongst others.
All of this is of course made even more spectacular considering that only in November Garcia was put under the knife as he underwent an operation to correct a stigmatism. Speaking in November he said almost prophetically:
“I had the surgery, but everything went well. I will have three tournaments towards the end of the year. I hope I can play good, finish on a high note and get ready for the next year.”
With the Christmas and New Year seasons firmly done with, it is expected that Garcia will build on what he has achieved this year and continue the momentum into 2013.
The Spaniard however, is not the only one who is looking to improve into 2013 as former world number one, Tiger woods is also looking to take victories this year to a new level.
After four years of searching for his 15th major title, Woods speaking on his official blog had this to say:
“Looking ahead to next year, I’m just trying to win those big four tournaments, and obviously try to use other events to prepare for them and try to win them as well”
Although Tiger had a very patchy 2011 season after being out through injury for the majority of it, 2012 has been very successful for him, having picked up no less than 3 cups during year; earning him a very respectable $6,133,158,00.
With the 2013 season teeing off in Hawaii, all eyes are sure to be on the 37 year-old.