It’s been a few weeks now since Sergio Garcia won The Masters and I am out of the depths of tax season. With that, I wanted to give his win the proper treatment.
Sergio has had a long and interesting career. I remember watching him run around at the 1999 PGA battling Tiger Woods until the end. I was pulling for TW of course, but I really enjoyed Sergio as well.
Fast forward a little bit from that and his career took some turns. For whatever reason you want to use, it happened nonetheless. He complained about the weather situation at Bethpage in ’02 and at British Opens. A common refrain was that the powers that be would have stopped play had Tiger been on the course. This always came off as whiny. Additionally there were his very unfortunate comments regarding Tiger at the European Tour Awards in 2012.
All of these actions were plenty to lose him a lot of fans. I stayed neutral. I didn’t like the comments, but I realized people make mistakes and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Sergio continued to come off as very negative. He lamented the golf gods being against him, expressed his disdain for Augusta National, and stated he didn’t have it in him to win a major.
C’mon man! Don’t give me the sob story. This act became tiresome, but recently Sergio has seemed to be in a better place. You could attribute it to the balance he has found in life with his soon-to-be wife, Angela. Whatever it is, he has mellowed.
The 2017 Masters was a culmination of his change. He raced out to a lead and then faltered. The old Sergio would have let this get to him and probably would have faded from the moment. Not this time. He hit solid shots and holed just enough putts. Justin Rose gave him a fight, but Sergio was able to pull it off. He won at a course he has never seemed to like.
They beat it to death on the broadcast, but he did win on Seve’s birthday. I thought that was a cool coincidence and a fitting time for him to join his countrymen Seve and Jose Maria Olazabal. So congrats to Sergio! You’re off that dreaded list of best player to never win a major and your career has come almost full circle. Enjoy the jacket.