Written by Juliana Simone
April 9, 2017
Augusta, GA – For those who have watched Sergio Garcia enter the pro golf circuit back in the late nineties, and thought he would have won a major tournament long before now, it was an exciting conclusion to the 2017 Masters tournament in Augusta. Leading over Justin Rose by two from the beginning of the fourth and final day, Rose playing with perfection and starting to look like he was already wearing the traditional green jacket winners receive after this achievement that gives them a lifetime invitation to play the tournament every year for as long as they choose, Rose after consecutive birdies, went ahead by one point.
After the 18th hole, the two players with some good putts and some bad ones were tied and had to go into a playoff. The fourth in line of the score board of pro golfers who had failed to win a major tournament with 73 losses behind him, and a reputation for choking when it came time to excel and close the deal, he went into the playoff with a tough monkey on his back. Rose has one major under his belt, after winning the U.S. Open in 2013, so confidence in terms of an end game maybe gave him an edge.
Returning to the 18th hole for the playoff, Sergio, the gallery on the sidelines and viewers watching the televised contest across the world, were both thrilled and relieved when Sergio sunk the needed birdie to break the tie and win what some consider to be the most important major to win in professional golf. For Justin, there are still many majors ahead he can live to fight another day.
Congratulations to Sergio Garcia, who struggled to stay alive on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 and after nineteen years of fighting, he scored and entered an exclusive club well worth the long wait. He is the third pro golfer from Spain to win this title after legendary Severiano Ballesteros, whose film “Seve The Movie” on his life is well worth the watch, and Jose Maria Olazabal, both two time winners in Augusta.