Every year, we are graced with four majors in the golf world. This past weekend, we were given the best major, The Masters. A field that listed some of the best in the world of golf, like Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, as well as past champions in Fred Couples and Phil Mickleson.
This year’s winner however was a former low amateur winner and a man who had never won a major. The winner of this year’s Masters was Borriol, Spain’s own Sergio Garcia.
Garcia entered Sunday as one part of the final pair alongside Justin Rose. Rose and Garcia entered the final round tied atop the leaderboard at 6 under. With Rickie Fowler (1 shot back) and a trio of Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman (2 shots back), the two looked like they were in trouble. However, Rose and Garcia each birdied a few holes to strengthen their lead.
Many thought Sergio would do his typical act of choking in the major, and it looked that way on the back 9. His tee shot on 13 was down right awful and nearly costed him a shot. He was lucky enough for Rose to miss a birdie and he was able to save par. Garcia hit an eagle on the 15th hole to come to a tie with Rose once again as the drama would continue to unfold.
Garcia and Rose would hit gems in the par-3 16 to make things all the interesting. Rose birdied the 16th hole, while Garcia missed what seemed to be an easy putt and just saved par. 17 was a different story, Garcia was able to two putt to save par and Rose bogied, and once again we are all square at 9 under par.The 18th hole was the tournament. Both hit absolute beauties of drives. Rose got possibly the luckiest kicks of all time, and Garcia would then hit a shot to get within 5 feet. Rose ended up paring, leaving it to Garcia. But in true Sergio fashion, he missed it, giving us a playoff.
The playoff started at the 18th hole. Garcia crushed a drive and a great shot from the fairway. Rose hit it into the woods and wouldn’t be able to recover and missed a 14 foot putt. Garcia then drained a putt from 12 feet out to win the title.
It was a long time coming for the Spaniard, and let me say I was happy for him. I’m not a Sergio fan, but when a guy finally wins a major, you definitely feel for him. All comments aside, good for Sergio, this is a huge win for him. After choking left and right in majors, he finally gets his due. No longer will we be able to say “Sergio will be Sergio”, it isn’t relevant anymore.
What I will say is this, sportsmanship was the theme of the final pairing. High fives, thumbs ups and just good times were had between the two golfers. We don’t see enough of it these days, and I have to say it was refreshing to see. Good stuff on the fairways
Save the date, June 15th is the U.S. Open from Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Dustin Johnson should be back, and this time to defend his crown.
Let’s go and let’s be handsome!