05 January 2018
European Tour Honorary Life Membership for Garcia
The European Tour awarded Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters Champion, an Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour. The award has been given in recognition of Gracia’s triumph at Augusta National in April.
The 37-year-old becomes the 53rd player to be added to the exclusive list and is the third Spaniard to ever receive the accolade, after Seve Ballesteros in 1983 and José María Olazábal in 1994.
Garcia who is a 13-time European Tour winner was presented with the award by European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley during Real Club Valderrama’s President’s Dinner at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, where Garcia entered the weekend in contention for a 14th title.
Garcia sealed his maiden Major Championship title in thrilling fashion in Georgia, overcoming his four-time Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose on the first playoff hole after they matched each other in the final round with rounds of 69, having shared the third round lead.
“This is an incredible honor for me,” said Garcia, as quoted by the European Tour. “To join Seve and José María on the list of Honorary Members for the European Tour is very special and adds to what has already been a life-changing year for me, on and off the course.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said, “It is an absolute privilege to present Sergio Garcia with Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour. The world of golf rejoiced at his Masters triumph in April and this week, where he is the host of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, is the perfect setting to commemorate that victory.”
Garcia currently has 31 professional victories to his name, including ten on the US PGA Tour and five on the Asian Tour, while he has made eight appearances in The Ryder Cup, contributing to five European victories and racking up a points total of 22.5.
“I have always loved playing on the European Tour and I have had so many unforgettable moments there, while there is no more special privilege than representing Europe in The Ryder Cup. I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as Seve, José María, and the other great players on this list and it is a very special moment for me.”
Garcia was also presented with Honorary Life Membership of Real Club Valderrama by the club’s President Nuno De Brito De Cunha.