The last player to win back-to-back green jackets was Tiger Woods in 2002. The only other player to achieve the rare feat was Jack Nicklaus back in 1966.
Given it took the Spaniard 18 years to win his first major at the Masters last year, the historical odds are stacked against him, not to mention the fact that there will be plenty of distractions for the defending champion during Masters week.
If he can successfully navigate his way through the functions, Champion’s dinner and media commitments, Garcia has the form and Augusta National experience to contend deep into Sunday afternoon.
On the back of winning the Singapore Open back in January, Garcia by-passed the PGA Tour’s west coast swing and began his Masters prep at the Honda Classic at the end of February. The following week in Mexico he was well and truly in the mix during the final round but closed with a 70 to take a share of seventh place.
If he can maintain his 68.928 current season scoring average through four rounds of the Masters he might become just the third player not to have the green jacket presented to them by the outgoing champion.
WHY HE CAN WIN: Sergio is a supreme ballstriker who hits a lot of greens and will be hoping he can emulate his putting performance from the 2017 Masters to go back-to-back.