Gar­cia re­lieved to have won Masters

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

SPAIN’S Ser­gio Gar­cia de­scribed his vic­tory at this year’s Masters as a re­lief that proves he is ca­pa­ble of win­ning on the big stage af­ter al­most two decades of near misses.

It’s been a land­mark sea­son for the 37-year-old, who claimed his first ma­jor at Au­gusta in April in a record 74th at­tempt.

Prior to the vic­tory, Gar­cia had fin­ished in the top 10 spots at a ma­jor some 22 times -- in­clud­ing four run­ner-up slots -- earn­ing him the un­wanted rep­u­ta­tion as the finest golfer never to lift a ma­jor ti­tle.

“Win­ning the Masters was amaz­ing, and it gives you a lit­tle bit of a re­lief,” Gar­cia said yes­ter­day at a launch event for the UBS Hong Kong Open in Novem­ber.

“I guess that when you put your­self in that sit­u­a­tion, now you know that you’ve done it under big pressure and at a huge stage, that’s al­ways pos­i­tive.”

He cited his re­la­tion­ship with golf re­porter An­gela Akins, whom he re­cently mar­ried, as a fac­tor in his long-awaited vic­tory.

The Spa­niard has had a string of failed high-pro­file re­la­tion­ships. In 2009, he suf­fered a loss of form fol­low­ing his split with Mor­gan-Leigh Nor­man, the daugh­ter of golf­ing great Greg Nor­man.

“When out­side the golf course your life is in check and in good shape it ob­vi­ously helps be­cause your mind is at peace, you’re com­fort­able and you’re happy and all those things al­ways help for sure,” Gar­cia said. – AFP

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