People’s Champion Sergio Garcia is enjoying life as he aims to don the Green Jacket on Sunday
When Sergio Garcia steps on to the first tee this Thursday, he can be safe in the knowledge that all is well in the Spaniards personal life. Following the engagement to Angela Akins early in 2017, El Nino showed his major class by strolling to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic title in February. During this win Garcia showed an air of confidence and contentment that comes with a settled life away from the course.
“I think that when things are going well off the golf course it’s much easier to feel comfortable on a golf course, because there’re no worries,” stated Garcia following his Dubai triumph. “You can concentrate on what you’re doing out there on the course. So it definitely helps, I’m not going to lie. I’m excited about a lot of the things that are coming, not only my way, but also Angela’s way, and our families and stuff. So you know, we’re very excited about the future coming.”
Following the T12 finish at the 2012 season opener, Garcia aired his frustration and claimed he didn’t have “the thing” he needed in order to win a major, a frustration that is evidently now buried in the past. With a bright future and exciting times to come in 2017, Sergio’s motivation is as high as it’s ever been. The world number 11’s desire to compete is still strong.
“When Sergio is happy he’s at his best” says former Ryder Cup captain and good friend, Paul McGinley. “He’s very much a fun player” he continues, a side of Sergio we have seen a lot of this year. From smashing drones out of the sky, to offering a Twitter follower the chance to carry his bag during the British Masters, it’s clear to see he’s in a good place, something which can only be of benefit during the ebb and flows of the first major.
So far through 2017 Sergio is averaging 304.2 yards off the tee and hitting 72.78% of greens. It’s stats like that which have combined to give a scoring average of 69.605, which is inside the top 10 on tour, and certainly means Sergio is flying under the radar heading to Augusta.
Very much a people’s champion, you’d be hard pressed to find a golf fan that wouldn’t love to see the Matador win a major. With 2017 looking extremely bright, the golfing world wouldn’t be too surprised to see Sergio reign supreme on the rolling fairways of Augusta this week.