U.S. Open Spotlight: Garcia’s Next Glory?

Sergio Garcia is one of golf’s most familiar faces with nearly $53 million in career earnings and a net worth of $70 million.

Not bad for a guy who’s won a single major.

The Spaniard will start his quest for his second career major victory when he takes the course for the 2021 U.S. Open on Thursday. His greatest golf accomplishment was capturing the 2017 Masters, but he’s won just once on the PGA Tour since — the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 41-year-old Garcia has won 11 PGA Tour events with 108 Top 10 finishes, including runner-up performances at the 2007 and ’14 Open Championships and the 1999 and 2008 PGA Championships.

He has the ability to tame the famous Torrey Pines South Course, which features three par-5s and plays at 7,685 yards. Garcia’s driving distance of 308.6 ranks 17th on the tour (Bryson DeChambeau is No. 1 at 322.7).

Garcia ranks 15th in shots gained from tee to green with an average of 1.132 (Collin Morikawa leads with 1.963).

Oddsmakers aren’t high on Garcia’s chances to rekindle major glory — he’s +10,000 to win in San Diego. Then again, no one gave Phil Mickelson, at age 50 and +30,000, much of a chance before he rolled to the PGA Championship.