Cleveland won a title. So did the Cubs. And now Sergio Garcia can call himself a major champion. What a wild 12 months in sports.
Garcia, so often on the verge of picking up that signature win, finally got it Sunday at the Masters, beating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. It didn’t come easy.
He almost blew his chance on several occasions throughout the day, and he missed a relatively easy 5-foot putt on 18 that would have given him the green jacket a hole early.
In the playoff, Rose sent his tee shot into the trees, while Garcia’s landed in the fairway. It was basically over after that.
Here is Garcia’s winning putt:
— GOLF.com (@golf_com) April 9, 2017
His fiancé, Angela Akins, has a priceless reaction:
— Stan Capp (@stancapp) April 9, 2017
And as always happens after a major sporting event, the key moment is put to Titanic music on Twitter. Amazingly, it also always works:
— TotalProSports.com (@TotalProSports) April 9, 2017
Here are some final-round highlights:
And Garcia’s post-tournament interview:
Poor Garcia has waited a long time and never thought it happen:
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 9, 2017
Five years and one day ago, Sergio Garcia on trying to win the Masters: "I'm not good enough. … I don't have the thing I need to have."
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) April 9, 2017
This is very cool:
Sergio Garcia has just paid Seve Ballesteros the ultimate tribute on what would have been his 60th birthday.
— Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_) April 9, 2017
There was plenty of immediate reaction to the victory on social media, and almost all of the top tweets were positive:
Congrats @TheSergioGarcia. Well earned.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 9, 2017
2 unbelievable players and 2 great friends, but I couldn't be happier for @TheSergioGarcia. You deserve it all amigo!!
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) April 9, 2017
He's been crapped on & become afterthought. Now Sergio Garcia on top of golf world. That is sports at its very, very best. #themasters
— Maximiliano Bretos (@mbretosESPN) April 9, 2017
Matt Kuchar signing his hole-in-one ball and giving it to a kid by the green, or Sergio Garcia hugging Justin Rose's mom? I pick … both.
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) April 9, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2017
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 10, 2017
Congrats @TheSergioGarcia. Always a great champion and now a deserved Major champion.
— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) April 9, 2017
When someone tells you Sergio Garcia has won more Majors in the past 9 years than Tiger Woods pic.twitter.com/MHGGSPnMkz
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 9, 2017
"If ever you were going to lose a major, you'd want to lose it to Sergio Garcia" is that the most ridiculous, incorrect statement in sports?
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) April 9, 2017
Never say never!!! Way to persevere through a varsity.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) April 9, 2017
FINALLY, IN HIS 74TH TRY, FAILED TIGER RIVAL SERGIO GARCIA JUST WON HIS FIRST MAJOR AT 37 WITH NO TIGER IN THE FIELD. HAPPY FOR HIM.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 9, 2017
Congrats to Austin's best golfer – @TheSergioGarcia !!
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) April 9, 2017
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo speaks for many athletes now:
Shit I'm running out of professional athletes to relate to with no championships….. #sergioooooooooooo
— Strombone (@strombone1) April 9, 2017
USA Today’s Christine Brennan encapsulated the day well:
Sergio was falling apart on the back nine, again. How many times had we seen this before? He himself said five years ago that he wasn’t good enough to win a major, and here he was, proving it once more. The jokes were coming so easily on social media. That Sergio Garcia, a loser again. Instead, he rose to the occasion, hitting shot after shot that no one expected — probably including himself — until he worked his way to the first playoff hole against dear friend and Ryder Cup teammate Rose. With Rose in some trouble, punching out from the rough, Garcia played a majestic final hole under the weight of all the pressure in the world, hitting his approach to within 12 feet, then drilling the birdie putt home to win the Masters.
What do you think about the final round of the Masters? Was Garcia winning the feel-good sports story of the year so far? Now that Garcia finally has won a major, is it safe to call him among the best golfers of the past 20 years?