Sergio Garcia Presented with Vardon Trophy at the Honda Classic

Spain's Sergio GarciaPALM BEACH GARDENS - By winning the Vardon Trophy, a piece of hardware that represents excellence and scoring consistency among one's peers, Spain's Sergio Garcia accomplished a feat in 2008 that has eluded the finest players from Europe for more than seven decades . Garcia was presented the award by PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka prior to the opening of The Honda Classic.

The Vardon Trophy, first presented to English-born Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper in 1937 for season-long scoring excellence, was awarded following a 2008 campaign that marked the first year in which two of The PGA of America's prestigious season-ending awards were won by European players. 

Double major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland earned the PGA Player of the Year Award in October 2008. Harrington and England's Nick Faldo (1990) are the only Europeans to earn the PGA Player of the Year Award, which was first presented by The PGA of America in 1948.

Garcia completed 72 official rounds on the PGA Tour, posting an adjusted scoring average of 69.12. Phil Mickelson was runner-up with a 69.17 adjusted averages based on 80 rounds, while Anthony Kim, one of the U.S. standouts in the 2008 Ryder Cup, was third at 69.28 based on 81 rounds.

"Sergio accomplished a tremendous feat where he went down to the wire last season and narrowly edged Phil Mickelson," said Steranka. "By his play, he showed how consistent he was from start to finish in 2008. It is remarkable when you look back upon all the great European players that he is the first European-born player since 1937 to win the Vardon Trophy. It makes a statement about the globalization about the professional game."

Garcia also tied for fourth with Mickelson in the final PGA Player of the Year standings, determined following the Children's Miracle Network Classic that concluded Nov. 9.

The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event. Harrington accumulated 116 total points in the final PGA Player of the Year standings, but was not eligible for the Vardon Trophy due to his not meeting the minimum required number of 60 complete rounds. Harrington finished with 52 official rounds.

Final  2008 Vardon Trophy Standings

1. Sergio Garcia
2. Phil Mickelson
3. Anthony Kim
4. Camilo Villegas
5. Vijay Singh
6. Jim Furyk
T7. Robert Allenby
T7. Stuart Appleby
9. Justin Leonard
10. Kenny Perry 


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