Interview with Sergio Garcia about his Masters' victory
Sergio's Masters 2017
Wednesday, 5. April '17
Sergio, half a lifetime at the Masters
Sergio Garcia is 37 years old and will kick off his 19th start at the Masters of Augusta this Thursday. The Spanish golfer records more than half his life playing the first Major of the season and one of the most special.
Sergio will play the first round with Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood, a game with an European flavor of players, who have the potential to be in the fight for tournament victory.
The start of the Masters will be influenced by the weather. The prediction announces gusts that could surpass the 60 kilometers per hour this Thursday afternoon. Garcia will have to fight against most difficult conditions, but during his career he has proven to deliver top skills on windy days.
Sergio arrives at the tournament with the swing well greased but with a lack of confidence in his putting. Still, he played nine holes yesterday with Rory McIlroy and also practiced the short game. Hours invested in the part of the game that makes the difference in Augusta.
Thursday, 06. April '17
The only one without a bogey in the first round of the Masters
Sergio García (-1) has completed an outstanding first round at the Augusta National, placing him in the top-5 of the tournament, six strokes away from leader Charley Hoffman (-7). Only eleven players finished below par on the first day due to difficult playing conditions with heavy wind blowing all day at Augusta National.
The Spanish player's game has been clean and balanced with the result that he was the only player to sign a bogey-free card. Not even Hoffman did. With these kind of playing conditions it was nearly impossible to hit all the greens and sooner or later everyone fell into the trap of a changing and treacherous wind. However, Sergio managed all challenges with a great short game and some crucial putts to save some pars.
Therefore, Sergio can not be blamed for his performance on the greens even though he also missed some good birdie chances, especially on the 16th hole after striking a big 7 iron from the tee. All in all the balance on the greens has been positive.
Sergio, who finished the round with a great putt of about two meters, was very satisfied with his performance at the end of the day. This Friday he comes out to play at 10.12 in the morning (16.12 in the peninsula).
Friday, 07. April '17
Sergio, taking the lead on the second day at the Masters
Sergio García (-4) is in the lead at the Masters after carding a great 69 at Augusta National on the second day - along with co-leaders Charley Hoffman, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters.
It is his the 19th participation at the Masters and the first time in the first position after 36 holes. He will tee off in the last group with Hoffman on Saturday.
It was another hard day at Augusta National, again with heavy wind, but Sergio started the round like a straight arrow with three birdies on the first three holes. But then he had to suffer a setback with his first bogey of the tournament on the 4th hole, followed by a brave fight with the legendary course in Georgia, saving some tough situations, cavrding also a couple more bogeys, but all in all playing a great golf. He finished with a fantastic birdie on 17 after striking a great shot from the fairway leaving himself with a putt of less than a meter and another great birdie chance at 18 that would have been enough for him to finish as solo leader. But unfortunately the putt of a meter and a half downhill did not want to go in.
Saturday, 08. April '17
Sergio takes another big step towards the green jacket
Sergio García (-6 ) continues to lead at the Masters of Augusta after handing a scorecard of 70 shots in the third round. He will start Sunday with Justin Rose (-6), who has delivered the best score of the day and shares the lead with the Spaniard. One shot behind is Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman are two away.
Sergio is the only player of the tournament who has played under par in each of the three rounds. Actually today's result could have been even lower since his tee-to-green game has been again very solid, but he missed a few birdie chances along the way. However, Sergio has been very accurate in those delicate short putts to save par and which make the difference on the greens of Augusta. On the 18th hole he saved the par by holing
a two-meter putt that allowed him to play the Sunday in the final group.
As he commented at the end of this third round, Sergio understands that on Sunday the most important thing is going to be patient and keep cool when the difficult moments arise, assuming that bogeys can fall on any hole.
It is the first time that he is going to start in the star group on Sunday at the US Masters in Augusta, something he knows we ll from the other three Majors. Moreover, he will do so on the day Severiano Ballesteros, the most notorious Spanish golfer, would have turned 60 .
Sunday, 09. April '17
Sergio wins the Masters
Sergio Garcia has claimed the first major title of his career by winning the Masters played at Augusta National on a memorable Sunday. The Spanish golfer played a sensational hand to hand battle against Justin Rose. Both finished tied at the 18th hole with -9 and had to go out for a playoff. Sergio won the tournament with a magnificent birdie after holing a putt of about ten feet.
Huge victory for Garcia. A Major feat in Augusta, first major of the year. Sergio becomes the third Spaniard in history to win this tournament after Severiano Ballesteros and José María Olazábal. Sergio started the round very well with two early bogeys and stood strong when the round did not go his way. Finally, he saved an amazing par on 13, followed by a sensational eagle on 14 and a strong performance on the final stretch with sublime shots into the green on 18.
The duel with Rose was impressive, the both presented not only great golf, but also true sportsmanship. It was a battle between gentlemen, with gestures that honor this sport and delighted the thousands of fans who gathered in Augusta.
With his 74th participation in a Major championship Sergio finally enters an elite club of players that not only won the Masters in the past, but have also been the best amateurs playing this tournament: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus.
It was a memorable victory at one of the most prestigious tournaments. In addition, Sergio’s win came at the same day Seve Ballesteros would have turned 60. A lovely tribute. Furthermore, Sergio earns his participation in the Masters for life, climbs to the seventh position in the world golf ranking and becomes the new leader of the Race to Dubai. Great, Sergio. Great and green.