Sergio Garcia confident of more glory after Masters triumph

Only four others have won the Masters after taking low amateur honors - 18-time major victor Jack Nicklaus, 14-time major victor Tiger Woods, five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts with his fiancee Angela Atkins after making his birdie putt on the 18th green to win the Masters golf tournament after a playoff Sun., April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Also, Tiger Woods missed the Masters for a second consecutive year.

Sergio Garcia, who captured his greatest victory in 20 years of major golf Sunday by winning the Masters, said he felt the presence of the late Seve Ballesteros helping pull him through.

After burying the majors demon that had haunted his golfing career for almost 20 years at the Masters, Sergio Garcia is now setting his sights on The Open at Royal Birkdale in July. "I hope this is not the last", he said of his Augusta triumph, which he compared to European football's biggest club titles.

It didn't matter. Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie that gave him the green jacket.

Turning serious, Garcia said, "Because where my head was at sometimes, I did think, 'Am I ever going to win one? I feel like I can get better, so I still want to work hard at it".

"I'm not 22 or 25 any more, but I feel I still have a lot of great years in me and I'm excited for those". "Sergio Garcia makes history at the Masters, winning the green jacket", Rajoy wrote. His other childhood hero: two-time Augusta victor Jose Maria Olazabal, who buoyed Mr. Garcia's psyche with an inspirational text on Wednesday night.

"He did mention a couple of things that kind of touched my heart a little bit".

"I wish he could have been there with me", he said. In 2015, during Zack Johnson's Open Championship win at St. Andrews, he said the golfer's wife was probably thinking she would "get a new kitchen" if he won the tournament.

Sunday afternoon at the Masters in Augusta, Garcia was two shots behind leader Justin Rose going to the 510-yard par 5 13th hole, and looked to be about to collapse altogether when he bounced his tee shot off a tree and into an azalea bush.

Charl Schwartzel birdied the 18th for a 68 to finish third at 282, one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar, who had a hole-in-one on the 16th on the way to a 67, and Thomas Pieters, who ran off four birdies on the back nine in closing with a 68.

Rose's burned the cup, so Garcia had a short birdie putt to win the championship - and missed, prompting a playoff.

"It's awesome", Garcia said.

"Everybody that supported me, my sponsors, my moments that unfortunately didn't go the way I wanted". It's such a pleasure for me to call you my friend.

  • Julie Sanders