He finally did it.
Sergio Garcia forever eliminated himself from the list of the best players to never win a Major with his outstanding play-off victory over Justin Rose at the 2017 US Masters.
Garcia has been one of the biggest names in Golf since he stormed on to the scene at the 1999 US PGA Championship and there is no doubt that he is one of the most interesting personalities on the tour.
He Has Been Extremely Close To A Major On A Number Of Occasions
Garcia finished a close second behind Tiger Woods at the 1999 US PGA Championship – in what was just his fifth Grand Slam appearance – and at that time it seemed as though a Grand Slam win was simply a formality.
Garcia went close on a number of occasions and before this week he had finished in the top ten in 22 individual Grand Slams, but he had never been able to get the job done and capture a Major.
In his 74th start in a major, Garcia was finally able to join many of his peers as a Major winner!
He Is Good Friends With Justin Rose
One of the best parts about the showdown between Garcia and runner-up Justin Rose was the sportsmanship showed by both golfers.
The Ryder Cup teammates are great mates and that was clearly evident as they congratulated each other on their good shots and at one stage even enjoyed a sneaky high-fiver.
Rose could not have been more gracious in defeat and was clearly happy to see Garcia win his first Major.
He Is The Third Spaniard To Win The Masters
Garcia joined his idol Seve Ballesteros (1980 & 1983) and Jose Maria Olazabal (1994 & 1999) as the only Spaniards to win The Masters.
Garcia was extremely close to Ballesteros and the fact that he won his maiden Major on what would have been his mentors 60th birthday was not missed by many golfing fans as well as Garcia himself.
He Has Had His Issues With Tiger Woods
Garcia has not always been as popular with the public as he now is and it is fair to say that he has not always seen eye to eye with Tiger Woods.
The feud started at the 1999 US PGA Championship and hit a new low at the 2013 Players Championship when Garcia accused Woods of inciting the crowd to put the Spaniard off.
Neither player looked good in the public slanging match that followed – Garcia made a particularly offensive comment about Woods – but Woods did congratulate Garcia via Twitter this morning.
He Was Once Disqualified From A Grand Slam
One of the lowest points of Garcia’s career happened at the 2007 PGA Championship when he was disqualified from the tournament.
Garcia made a bogey on the 17th hole of the third round of the tournament, but a par was put down on his card without the Spaniard realising.
He submitted his card at the scoring cabin and was embarrassingly disqualified from the tournament when the mistake was found.
It should not come as any surprise who won the tournament…
He Enjoys The Odd Blow-Up
There is no doubt that he has mellowed in recent years, but Garcia has been prone to a temper tantrum during his career to date.
Arguably his best tantrum came at the 2010 US PGA Championship when he went full Happy Gilmore on a bunker after a poor shot with his sand wedge.
He Once Played A Shot Out Of A Tree
One of the most interesting moments in Garcia’s career came at the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Garcia stunned onlookers when he climbed a tree to play a shot – which ended up being successful – but all that hard work was for nothing as Garcia injured his shoulder in the process and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
He Can Take Down Drones With A Golf Ball
Garcia is one of the most marketable golfers in the world, especially in Europe, and he has been involved in a number of marketing campaigns over the year.
One of the best took place earlier this year when he attacked a number of drones that were keen to mock Garcia for his numerous second place finishes as well as his love of Real Madrid.
His Fiance Is The Cousin Of NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
Garcia’s fiancé Angela Akins gained plenty of attention during the final round of The Masters and she was just as emotional as Garcia when he secured the win.
Akins is not only a reported on the Golf Channel, but her father Marty Atkins was a College Football Superstar and her cousin is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
He Was Delighted To Win The Masters
It was hard not to get emotional watching Garcia celebrate his maiden major win and it was clear that the victory meant a great deal to him!