Sergio Garcia – A Popular Masters Winner
By Golf South West
It took Sergio Garcia 72 attempts and 18 years of professional golf before he was able to break his Major duck, and I don’t think there could have been a more popular winner. The idea of Sergio Garcia, a highly talented player who has become loved worldwide , winning a major title, had somewhat turned into a fairy-tale. The expectation around him winning a major has been at it’s peak ever since he burst on to the professional stage, and as he became a regular in the European Ryder Cup team, the idea of him taking home a major became a popular thought amongst golf fans. However, as the years went by and no Garcia had come so close on so many occasions it really felt like it just wasn’t meant to be. So when Garcia came through his play-off against Justin Rose as victorious, it was a long awaited moment that had almost been left to history.
Garcia and Rose embrace after the final putt
Garcia took advantage of a poor tee shot from Rose and after putting his 2nd shot eight feet away, the realisation that this might actually happen began to sink in, a few moments later Garcia holed his putt for a birdie and let out a roar of relief that had probably been building for the last decade. The crowd witnessed a hugely significant moment where a player who had recorded 22 top-10 Major finishes, and four 2nd place finishes, finally laid to rest the only demon hanging over a glittering career.
The event’s leading to Garcias’ win saw a tightly contested tournament, culminating in a Sunday where 8 of the top 10 finishers shot under par on an Augusta with unforgiving greens. Credit must also go to all the players that played so fantastically over the weekend and in particular to Justin Rose who pushed Garcia all the way to set up a fascinating finish.
Our Masters Giveaway
We ran a competition on our Facebook page leading up to the Masters, with the possibility of winning a number of different prizes including 4-balls at The Point at Polzeath and Bowood, as well as lessons with our ambassadors. A number of people kept faith with Sergio and correctly predicted that he would win this years green jacket.
Here is a list of winners and what they won:
- Winner of a 4-ball at Bowood Park Golf Club – Paul Woodrow
- Winner of 2 sessions with sports psychologist James Lambdon – Julian Seviour
- Winner of a 30-minute golf lesson with Louis Boston – Louis Archer
- Winner of a sure-set training aid – Ian Harris
- Winner of a 4-ball at The Point at Polzeath Golf Club – Garry Fitzpatrick
Congratulations to all winners and we hope you enjoy your prizes!