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The time has finally come for Sergio

April 10, 2017

It has taken 18 years since he turned professional but finally Spain's Sergio Garcia has picked up his maiden major. After coming close on a number of occasions and many saying it was never going to happen, the whole golfing world congratulated Sergio on his victory. Before he had even started playing many said it was written for him to win as Sunday's play fell on the 60th birthday of his great friend and mentor Seve Ballesteros. He couldn't have asked for a better start either making birdie on the tricky first and then following that up with birdie on the 3rd. Things got even better for him when his nearest rival, Justin Rose, made bogey on 5 to give Sergio a 3 shot lead but it was short lived. Rose went on to birdie the next 3 holes to level it up after 9 and then had a 2 shot lead a Sergio started the back 9 bogey bogey. 

 

Social media started to doubt Sergio's resilience and with Rose playing some solid golf it looked inevitable that Sergio would miss out again. Suddenly things changed again. The 13th hole has become a big hole in many major wins over the years and it was here again Sergio managed to gain back the momentum. It wasn't the usual 20ft eagle putt that got the crowds going but a fantastic par save after hitting his tee shot into the tree's. Rose still had a good birdie chance but when it drifted by the hole the momentum switched. Garcia made birdie on 14 and then got the crowd going hitting his 2nd at 15 to about 10ft and rolling in the eagle putt. Rose did make birdie to keep the scores level. 3 holes left and it was all to play for. Both players hit fantastic shots into 16 with Sergio being closer but Rose having the easier putt, Rose holes it Sergio missed. Once again it looked like it was getting away from him. With 2 holes left and a shot lead Rose was in control but bogey on 17 levelled the scores once again and it suddenly become a sudden death shoot out down the last. 

 

Both players hit fantastic drives and brilliant shots into the green leaving putts we have all seen over the years. Rose was first, a putt you would expect to break from right to left stated right. Sergio had his chance. Again a putt you would expect to go right to left stayed right. With many saying let them share the green jacket the players headed back down to the 18th tee. They picked numbers to decide who was going first which Rose one. He had his chance to put the pressure on by hitting a good drive but in his attempt to cut round the corner he got it all wrong. The ball caught the trees very early and dropped down with no real line to the green. Up steps Sergio with a lot less pressure to smash the ball up the middle 50 yards past Rose. With Rose needing to sling the ball round the corner to get the ball near the green this could be one of the greatest shots in Masters history but after looking at it many times Rose decided it was better to just knock it out by Sergio's ball. Sergio was to play first and hit it to almost an identical place as he had just done 20 minutes ago. Rose followed and he too had a very similar putt as he had just had. With Rose going first he had his chance to put the pressure on but when it missed on the left this time Sergio had 2 for the win. With the pressure off Sergio knocked his putt in first time to win his first major.

 

It was a fantastic final day to a fantastic competition. The whole golfing world has been congratulating Sergio and he fully deserves it. He has bough so much entertainment to many over the years not least his brilliant performances in the Ryder Cups. Well done Sergio!!

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