It took 74 starts, but Sergio Garcia finally has his first major victory. The golf world toasted Garcia on Sunday evening as the man with nearly two decades of Masters experience finally slid on the green jacket. He finished in top- 10 at Augusta three times (2002, 2004, 2013), now has the most career top-10s in majors all-time, and joins his idols Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as one of three Spainiards to win the Masters.
Oh yeah, and it came on what would have been Seve’s 60th birthday. “It’s amazing. To do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s something amazing,” Garcia told Jim Nantz on CBS after the win. “Jose sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do and just pretty much believing in myself and being calm and not let things get to me like I’ve done in the past.”
Justin Rose was a triumphant competitor and will likely win at Augusta National in the near future, but Sunday belonged to Sergio. You could feel it when he was able to save par after a wayward tee shot at No. 13 that required a drop and when he locked on a pair of greens on 14 and 15 to put the pressure on Rose coming down the stretch. That shot on 15 resulted in an eagle putt — his first eagle in his last 452 holes at the Masters — that saved his round and ultimately his first major.