Masters champion Garcia returns to action at The Players
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[May 11, 2017]
(Reuters) - Masters champion
Sergio Garcia enjoyed a four-week celebration after his Augusta
triumph highlighted by the ceremonial kick-off at El Clasico in
Madrid, but he gets back to business on Thursday at The Players
The Spaniard has had his share of success at the TPC Sawgrass in
Ponte Vedra, Florida in a tournament he has won, but where he also
endured one of his worst collapses.
Garcia was very relaxed during his press conference on Wednesday,
befitting someone who finally shed the label of best player not to
have won a major when he beat Justin Rose in a Masters playoff 31
“So many great things have happened since Sunday at Augusta," Garcia
“But for me, what has meant the most (is) to see the reaction from
the players towards me and how happy -- other than a couple -- how
happy they all have been.
“They've been so happy for me to get my first major and win the
Masters. It shows me how much my fellow players respect me and care
about me. It's something that you can't really fake, so that's
Garcia, a lifelong Real Madrid fan, said being introduced to the
crowd at the Bernabeu had been the highlight of his break.
“To walk onto what I think is the best soccer stadium in the world …
and in El Clasico against Barcelona, which is probably the biggest
football game that exists in this world, and to have 90,000 people
chanting your name, that was extremely special."
But it is back to work now at a tournament many consider the most
prestigious outside the four majors.
Garcia won in 2008, but five years later had an epic meltdown, tied
for the lead with Tiger Woods with two holes left, before firing
three balls into the water over the final two holes.
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Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to a putt on the 15th green during the
single matches in 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
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“I've been in contention here so many times,” said Garcia, who twice
has finished runner-up. “I love the golf course, and if I manage to
play well, I should have a chance on Sunday.”
He is also looking forward to being introduced on the first tee as
“I'm excited about it. I'm not going to lie to you. I'm sure a lot
of things will go through my mind about that week.”
The week where he finally closed the deal and put to rest the
question he hated answering: Why had he not won a major?
“I said it throughout my whole career, the only thing I could do was
keep putting myself in that situation and wait for the right time to
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry
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