A long, tearful road to a major for Sergio Garcia
It has always been clear that Sergio Garcia has a rare talent.
Newly-crowned Masters champion Sergio Garcia has targeted further Major titles after finally ending his wait for a maiden crown with victory at Augusta.
Garcia led by three strokes after five holes, fell two behind after 11, then roared back to force the playoff and sank a 15-foot birdie putt to claim victory.
"To be totally honest, I mean, I'm very happy, but I don't feel any different", Garcia said.
As you can tell, Garcia is clearly toying with the idea as his big Texas wedding approaches this summer.
It didn't matter. Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie that gave him the green jacket.
Garcia awoke on Monday after only about four hours sleep following prolonged celebrations of his green jacket triumph at Augusta National, and he did not intend to stop enjoying it any time soon.
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Garcia somehow managed to escape with a par at the 13th after a superb up-and-down, resulting in the same score as Rose who had found the back edge of the green in two shots. "It is going to sting for sure but I really feel that this is a tournament that I can win".
Top scores: 279: Sergio Garcia (Esp) (71-69-70-69), Justin Rose (Eng) (71-72-67-69). "I've come to the conclusion I need to play for second or third place in any major".
"Well, " he went on, "I don't have to answer that anymore".
"It definitely popped in my mind a few times, there's no doubt about it, obviously today a couple of times here and there", Garcia said. You know, for me, golf is about April to September. Tiger has gone on to win 14 Majors while Garcia has built a reputation as the nearly-man of golf.
"Both of these players [Garcia and Rose] are very accomplished and now Sergio has finally evened the score when it comes to major wins".
The putt Rose missed on 17. This time, he capitalized on Rose's mistake, had two putts to win and dropped in the birdie for added theatrics.
"Lately I've gotten some good help and I've been thinking a little more positive".
Spanish players are 3-for-3 in winning the Masters after leading through 54 holes, Olazabal doing so in 1999 and Ballesteros in 1980.
"Jose sent me a text on Wednesday telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do, believe in myself, be calm and not let things get to me as I had in the past".
At least one commentator, though, took issue with the display of good will: Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.
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And what I needed to do. "I just want to win here". "And being calm and not letting things get to me that I've done in the past". Garcia then birdied the 14th and eagled the 15th, where Rose responded with a birdie to head to the 16th tee tied for the lead.
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