A little magic, a lot of maturity lead Garcia to a major

AUGUSTA, Ga. – There they went – the demons and the ghosts and the goblins, all exorcised during a victory celebration he never anticipated at a course he never could have imagined.

Sergio Garcia crouched, shook his fists and unleashed a primal scream – “YESSSSS!!!” – that’s been building for 19 years.

The only line missing from his otherwise stellar résumé was a major title, and now it’s his, all his, after a wild Sunday at the 81st Masters that perfectly embodied his schizophrenic career.

Three ahead.

Tied.

Two down.

Tied.

And then, finally, after curling in his 10-foot birdie putt, Garcia was one ahead when it mattered most, defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole in an instant classic at Augusta National.

“Nobody deserved it more than you do,” Rose told Garcia on the 18th green. “Enjoy it.”

Often criticized in his early days for folding at the first sign of trouble, Garcia proved to be historically resilient. His breakthrough victory in his 74th career major start was the most by any player in history.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 10 Apr 2017 09:48:06

 



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