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Garcia awarded Golf Writers Trophy

Sergio Garcia has become the youngest winner of the Golf Writers' Trophy since 1956.

The Spaniard, 20 next Sunday, takes the award after a great first season as a professional.

Garcia finished second to world number one Tiger Woods at the United States PGA championship, became the first teenager to play in the Ryder Cup, won the Irish Open and German Masters and partnered Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez to success in the Alfred Dunhill Cup.

The trophy is given to the person or persons born or resident in Europe who in the preceding 12 months have made the most outstanding contribution to golf.

Garcia won by just a single vote from both Colin Montgomerie, winner of the European Order of Merit for a seventh successive year, and the Britain and Ireland men's amateur team.

"I'm very proud to have won this trophy after everything achieved by European golfers last year," he said.

"It was a fantastic season for me and now I'm looking forward to trying to make this one even better."