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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 5 Sergio Garcia


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 5:Sergio Garcia

Born: Jan. 9, 1980, Castellon, Spain | Career PGA Tour Wins: 7 (10 on European Tour)|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,524,091 World Ranking: 21

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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Only 11 players made the cut in all four majors in 2011, and Sergio Garcia was one of them. Of those 11 players, only Charl Schwartzel had a lower cumulative total than the Spaniard. His once-suspect short game was dazzling last season, as he led the European Tour in scrambling (65.2%) and was 13th in putts per green in regulation (1.75). Plus, he was as consistent as ever tee to green. Twice a winner in Europe, Garcia proved that he was still one of the most explosive players in the game by winning the Castello Masters by 11 strokes. 
Sergio is at his best on the toughest venues, and with his renewed confidence with the putter, his wait for that elusive major title could finally end in 2012.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 53
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - T35
U.S. Open - T7
British Open - T9
PGA Championship - T12

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T4 (2004)
U.S. Open - T3 (2005)
British Open - 2nd (2007)
PGA Championship - 2nd/T2 (1999, 2008)
Top-10 Finishes: 17
Top-25 Finishes: 24
Missed Cuts: 14

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.