Although successful a inexperienced jacket is a life-changing second, there nonetheless isn’t something that may examine to the beginning of your baby, particularly your first. So when The Forecaddie heard that Sergio Garcia was collaborating within the annual Masters champion’s teleconference from the hospital as his spouse, Angela, was about to present beginning to a child lady, The Man Out Entrance couldn’t assist however get emotional.
However alas, Garcia was on the decision to speak about golf, particularly his upcoming title protection at Augusta Nationwide.
How has his life modified since successful a inexperienced jacket?
Garcia insists it hasn’t.
Does he think about himself one of many favorites to win this 12 months?
It doesn’t matter, Garcia stated.
And what concerning the golf membership he gave to Augusta Nationwide to be displayed within the membership’s grill room?
Garcia’s reply got here as no shock to TMOF.
Historically, Masters champions donate a membership – ideally one they used to win their inexperienced jacket – for Augusta Nationwide to showcase in its trophy and grill rooms. The trophy room is reserved for mementos from 1934-54, together with the putter Horton Smith used to win the primary Masters Event. Among the many objects within the grill room are Tiger Woods’ driver from Woods’ first Masters victory, in 1997, and Larry Mize’s wedge that he used to gap out a successful chip shot on the second playoff gap in 1987.
Garcia’s membership of selection: the Eight-iron he hit along with his second shot into the par-5 15th gap through the remaining spherical.
Garcia considers the second shot into 15 probably the most difficult photographs for him yearly at Augusta Nationwide.
“It’s a really skinny line between hitting an incredible shot, and (hitting) one which looks like an incredible shot and finally ends up moist,” Garcia stated.
But, on that Sunday final 12 months, Garcia hit a close to good shot from 192 yards that almost flew into the outlet earlier than ending 15 ft away. Garcia adopted with an eagle putt that helped get him right into a playoff, which he went on to win over Justin Rose.
“I’ve at all times stated it, once I have a look at and once I take into consideration 15, and never solely the second shot, however the putt, the eagle putt, the power that I felt from the patrons there, it’s one thing that I’ve very not often felt,” Garcia stated. “I felt a lot pleasure and a lot wonderful, nice power going towards me once I made that putt. I believed that was a really, very particular second, despite the fact that there have been different ones that have been crucial and particular, too.”
Certainly, when Garcia tells his daughter about his Masters win sometime, the top of that story shall be Sunday on the 15th gap, and the “wonderful” Eight-iron that was struck that afternoon.