Sergio Garcia has been in the top 100 in the OWGR since 1999.
One PGA Tour defector is about see an impressive OWGR streak come to an end.
In the history of the Official World Golf Ranking, only three players have stayed in the top 100 in the world, without interruption, spanning four different decades: Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.
Garcia was the last of that trio to have his streak survive, but like Mickelson in early 2021, Garcia will fall out of the top 100 after this week, according to Twitter OWGR guru Nosferatu.
Garcia withdrew at Wentworth and was later seen at that weekend’s Texas-Alabama football game. He hasn’t played on the DP World Tour since, despite LIV golfers currently being eligible to compete, pending a legal resolution in the UK Courts.
Garcia entered the top 100 in the world in at the Murphy’s Irish Open in July of 1999 when he was 19 years old. The next month he had his now-legendary duel with Woods at Medinah, finishing second at the PGA Championship.
Garcia rose as high as No. 2 in the world but now faces a reality many LIV Golfers will experience for the foreseeable future: only being able to earn world ranking points at major championships.
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