Seve was there for me, says Garcia

Sergio Garcia has been through the mill, but his playoff triumph over Justin Rose to clinch the Masters on Sunday released a torrent of relief and 18 years of pent-up angst.

"I would have liked to be the right part of it, but nevertheless I hope it's a good one".

"He played awesome. I played nicely, too", Garcia said.

"I knew what I was capable of doing, and I believed that I could do it", he said.

The victory could send Garcia on his way to more major achievements.

All that mattered was Garcia and Rose, who delivered a final hour as compelling as any at the Masters and a champion who began to wonder if he would ever win a major. And who could blame him for the lack of confidence?

Garcia's legion of fans around the world surely feared another nightmare ending, but this time there was a happy ending for the Spaniard. All Garcia had to do was to sink the 5-foot birdie, but he missed. Perhaps his lowest ebb of self-doubt was five years ago when he admitted "I'm not good enough to win a major" after a awful third round at Augusta. "But I can live with that".

All the omens had seemed in place for a Spanish victory with Garcia starting the day perched atop the leaderboard alongside Rose on Ballesteros' birthday. But it's always nice to be recognized or seen as the best player to not have won a major, because at least best player, there's a good thing there. He won many tournaments and helped Europe win five Ryder Cups.

He said the results weren't shocking, "just a little weird".

"Without that, I think it would have been very hard to come back".

"I'm not going to lie - it's not the golf course that I'm most comfortable in, because I've become more of a fader than a drawer of the ball, and this golf course is asking you to hit a lot of draws". I felt great. I felt in control.

Garcia is just the third Spaniard to win the Masters after Ballesteros (1980, 1983) and another of his mentors, Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999). His fiancee, Angela Akins, left him "cute and beautiful" notes in the bathroom mirror each morning. So I have plenty more looks, and I feel good about it happening. "I'm obviously thrilled about what happened here, but I'm still the same guy".

"I think it validates everything that he has done and gone through in his career", Beem told Sky Sports News HQ. "This is a tournament I am going to win one day", Rose said "I've been in the last group a couple of times and shot 14-under when Jordan [Spieth] won". So it did cross my mind.

"Everybody that is around me is helping me, making me not only a better golfer, but a better person", said Garcia.

"If it, for whatever reason, didn't happen, my life is still going to go on".

  • Julie Sanders