He did it. Sergio Garcia has won The Masters. The best part? It had to be his reaction to winning -- on his haunches, head down -- which coincidentally, was pretty much exactly the same as that of his fiancee Angela Akins.
The 37-year-old Spaniard was brilliant but nervy in the final round. He missed several short putts that many average hackers would have sunk blindfolded, yet somehow he won anyway. And the world rejoiced -- especially the Spanish part of it.
The final day of the 2017 Masters tournament was all about Sergio Garcia. There were two players out there in the final group, the other being the highly credentialled Englishman Justin Rose, but it was still all about Sergio.
Sergio, if you don't know, has been one of the world's best for nearly 20 years now. But he'd never won a Major. Though he has won over 20 golf tournaments around the world (which is a lot), he'd never claimed one of the big four.
So there he was at the 2017 Masters, paired up with Rose in the day's final grouping. And boy, did they put on a show. Sergio's 8 iron on the 15th hole was the shot that really got his challenge going. He made his eagle putt, closing the gap after Rose had kicked two shots clear.
On the next hole, it all turned. Sergio, oh Sergio. So smooth with his irons yet so unpredictable with the putter. His dreaded putting yips struck again.
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Yeah it was like that. Up and down, up and down. Sergio just wouldn't make it easy for his legion of fans. or himself.
In addition to the whole "Sergio's never won a major" thing, there was a secondary narrative. This Sunday at Augusta would have been the 60th birthday of charismatic Spanish golfer, the late Seve Ballesteros.
Ballesteros won this tournament twice, and was the first European to do so (in 1980). A Sergio Garcia victory would be a lovely nod to that. Seve's son Javier certainly thought so.
Coming to the 18th, Sergio hit a beautiful shot to the green, and had a short putt to win the tournament. He missed. Both players were locked at 9 under
All day long, this had been quite the duel. Yet the players could be seen chatting regularly, and even acknowledging each other's good shots. Sportsmanship, you are not dead and buried quite yet.
Playoff time. Justin Rose went into the trees and hat to hit out to the fairway. Advantage Sergio. After Rose putted out for a bogey, Garcia had two putts to win. He only needed one. His winning putt curled in and relief and joy ensued.
"I felt today the calmest I've ever felt in a Major tournament. Even after making a couple of bogeys I was still very positive. I still believed," he said.
"I'm disappointed," Rose said. But if there's anyone to lose to, it'd be Sergio."
Adam Scott was the best of the Aussies. He finished tied for ninth at 2 under.
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