You watched Sergio Garcia at the Masters, battling back from two strokes behind with six holes to play, the Spaniard bearing down and saving par at the 13th after his tee shot landed out of bounds. But that doesn’t mean you got the full picture.
You watched his tournament-winning effort trickle by the hole at the 18th, as, for the 100th time Sunday, you remembered Sergio was destined to never win a major.
You then watched as he took down Justin Rose on the first hole of their sudden-death playoff and shed the weight of some 20 years of expectation with a triumphant double fist pump, yell, and open-palmed pounding of Augusta’s pristine putting surface.
And while you can read all about the particulars of Sergio Garcia’s final round and his victory anywhere, we’re bringing you 10 quotes from the Masters champion himself, revealing critical elements of his mindset and what he was thinking at key times during his green jacket-winning effort.
So, here’s Sergio.
On his thoughts entering the playoff with Rose…
“And for some reason, when I get into playoffs, usually now lately, you know, I'm quite comfortable. I feel like I've already had an amazing week no matter what happens, and you know, I can go out there and kind of freewheel it. Obviously hit two great shots and a wonderful putt [to finish with.” (Photo/YouTube)
On what he was thinking during his celebration…
“I don't know, I was‑‑ it was just a lot of things going on through my mind. Obviously my people, my‑‑ everybody that supported me, my sponsors, my moments that unfortunately it didn't go the way I wanted. So a lot of those things came through my mind, and some of the moments I've had here at Augusta that maybe I haven't enjoyed as much and how stupid I really was trying to fight against something that you can't fight; and how proud I was of accepting things.” (Photo/YouTube)
On his surprising feelings during the final round…
“I don’t want to brag about it or anything. But from the drive this morning here to the course, I felt very calm. I felt very, you know, very at ease, more than yesterday. Even though yesterday I played well, I was a little bit more nervous. It was tough to control my emotions sometimes. But today, I felt comfortable all day.” (Photo/YouTube)