Sergio Garcia tells you everything you need to know about his Masters win
You watched Sergio Garcia at the Masters, battling back from two strokes behind with six holes to play, the Spaniard bearing down and saving par at the 13th after his tee shot landed out of bounds. But that doesn’t mean you got the full picture.
You watched his tournament-winning effort trickle by the hole at the 18th, as, for the 100th time Sunday, you remembered Sergio was destined to never win a major.
You then watched as he took down Justin Rose on the first hole of their sudden-death playoff and shed the weight of some 20 years of expectation with a triumphant double fist pump, yell, and open-palmed pounding of Augusta’s pristine putting surface.
And while you can read all about the particulars of Sergio Garcia’s final round and his victory anywhere, we’re bringing you 10 quotes from the Masters champion himself, revealing critical elements of his mindset and what he was thinking at key times during his green jacket-winning effort.
So, here’s Sergio.
On his thoughts entering the playoff with Rose…
“And for some reason, when I get into playoffs, usually now lately, you know, I'm quite comfortable. I feel like I've already had an amazing week no matter what happens, and you know, I can go out there and kind of freewheel it. Obviously hit two great shots and a wonderful putt [to finish with.” (Photo/YouTube)
On what he was thinking during his celebration…
“I don't know, I was‑‑ it was just a lot of things going on through my mind. Obviously my people, my‑‑ everybody that supported me, my sponsors, my moments that unfortunately it didn't go the way I wanted. So a lot of those things came through my mind, and some of the moments I've had here at Augusta that maybe I haven't enjoyed as much and how stupid I really was trying to fight against something that you can't fight; and how proud I was of accepting things.” (Photo/YouTube)
On his surprising feelings during the final round…
“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.” (Photo/YouTube)
On what Justin Rose said to him…
“It was very nice. We obviously gave each other a big hug and he said, you know, "Nobody deserved it more than you do." So he was‑‑ he said, "I'm very happy for you. Enjoy it." It was a great battle. He played awesome. I played nicely, too. So you know, it was nice to be able to battle that out with him, you know, throughout the whole day.” (Photo/YouTube)
On how he used to get in his own way
''I think the problem is, because where my head was at sometimes, I did think about, am I ever going to win one? 'I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me. So it did cross my mind. 'But lately, you know, I've been getting some good help and I've been thinking a little bit, a little bit different, a little bit more positive. And kind of accepting, too, that if it for whatever reason it didn't happen, my life is still going to go on. It's not going to be a disaster.” (Photo/YouTube)
On how his fiance and her family have helped…
"It definitely helps, there's no doubt about the background that the whole family has. Marty is a very, very positive, very, you know, outspoken and very, very confident kind of guy, and it definitely helps when he's encouraging you and things like that. Those things are nice to see. Angela is the same way. They are all very competitive. So you know, they are positive things to help out, for sure." (Photo/YouTube)
On what he’s most proud of…
“Definitely demonstration of my character, and my mentality. You know, how positive I stayed even when things weren't going that well on 10 and 11. So even on 13, I didn't hit that bad a drive. I've been hitting that drive every day like a high cut. This drive was probably going three yards left of the ones I've hit the other three days, and unfortunately it hit the tree and went in the bush. But even that, you know, in the past, I would have‑‑ I would have started going, you know, at my caddie, and oh, you know, why doesn't it go through and whatever.” (Photo/YouTube)
On some important motivational notes he received…
“Obviously a lot of great notes from family, friends, throughout the beginning of the week and a lot of cute and beautiful notes from my fiance were stuck in the mirror of the bathroom. All those things helped a lot. I think that obviously Jose Maria's was very special because he's my idol. He's one; him and Seve are both my golfing idols since I was very, very little. You know, what he said, he mentioned, you know, just you know what you have to do, just believe in yourself.” (Photo/YouTube)
On how he would feel without a major…
“I have a beautiful life. Major or no major, I said it many, many times: I have an amazing life. I have so many people that care for me and love me and support me. I feel so nicely surrounded. And obviously this is something I wanted to do for a long time but, you know, it never felt like a horror movie. It felt like a little bit of a drama maybe, but obviously with a happy ending.” (Photo/YouTube)
On how accepting Augusta helped him conquer it…
“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.”