Golf Australia - - MASTERS 2018 -

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.

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