Sergio Garcia is now a major champion after capturing the 2017 Masters in a playoff over Justin Rose.
The 37-year-old waited so long for this and now the day is finally here. What did Garcia have to say after capturing that first major in epic fashion?
Oh, a whole lot. Here’s the best of what Garcia uttered post-victory.
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On his miss from 5 feet to win on the 72nd hole:
“First of all, I hit a great putt. I’ve hit that putt in the practice rounds. I’ve hit it – this week, I’ve hit it twice and both times it went left. So I was very comfortable with my read. I thought it was just a right‑edge putt, obviously very quick. Unfortunately it didn’t want to break.”
On his amazing level of comfort on Sunday:
“I don’t want to brag about it or anything. But from the drive this morning here to the course, I felt very calm. I felt very, you know, very at ease, more than yesterday. Even though yesterday I played well, I was a little bit more nervous. It was tough to control my emotions sometimes. But today, I felt comfortable all day.”
On how he felt after having to take a penalty stroke at the 13th:
“You know, I was like, well, if that’s what is supposed to happen, let it happen. Let’s try to make a great 5 here and see if we can put a hell of a finish to have a chance. And if not, we’ll shake Justin’s hand and congratulate him for winning.”
On whether winning a major changes him:
“To be totally honest, I mean, I’m very happy but I don’t feel any different. I’m obviously thrilled about what happened here today, but I’m still – I’m still the same guy. I’m still the same goofy guy, so that’s not going to change.”
On being positive and accepting things:
“This week, I’ve done it better than I’ve ever had, and you know, because of that, I’ve looked at the course in a different way throughout the whole week. … 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. But I knew that I could still work it around, you know, if I just accepted what was happening. So I’m very proud of that.”
On joining Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as Spaniards who’ve won the Masters:
(Jose) and Seve are both my golfing idols since I was very, very little. … (Jose’s) a great man and we’ve had a great relationship for many, many years. To be able to join him and Seve as Masters champions from Spain, it’s unbelievable.”
On winning on what would have been Seve’s 60th birthday:
“It’s amazing. To do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s something amazing.”