Sergio Garcia’s heart-warming and inspiring 2017 US Masters victory one for the ages

WE couldn’t help but join all those basking in the positive emotion of Sergio Garcia winning his first major after 74 attempts  – and on what would have been boyhood idol Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.

Coming down the stretch with good mate and long time Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose the Spaniard looked gone a few times but the 37 year old kept fighting back.

Garcia and Rose, who started the day on 6-under in the final group, were playing some magnificent golf but one of the best things was their display of sportsmanship and mutual regard – continuing to congratulate and acknowledge each other’s good shots, even though there was a tournament that was a life long ambition for both of them on the line

In the end Garcia (69) beat Rose (69) when he birdied the first sudden death playoff hole, the 18th.

“I’m so happy. I felt calm out there. To join Seve and Olazabal, my two idols, as Masters winners, it’s just amazing,” Garcia said.

Rose, who had skipped to a two shot lead midway through the final round, was obviously disappointed at not adding a second major to his 2013 US Open title.

“If there’s anyone to lose to, it’s Sergio. He deserves it,” Rose said. “He’s had his fair share of heartbreak.”

Garcia had four previous runner up finishes in majors and a third. He lost the 2007 British Open to Pádraig Harrington in a four  hole aggregate playoff.

The Moment Sergio Garcia Became a Masters Champion

 

 

Sergio Garcia Comments After Masters Win

 

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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  1. Oh so pleased to see the young man that I caddied for in his first event as a professional golfer after being recommended by my very dear late friend Seve

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