Sergio Garcia is still riding off of his high from his recent win at the Masters. The spaniard has gained a respect in the golfing world that he’s been striving for and has finally received.
There’s no doubt that Garcia has been a presence in the golf world, but before his own changed perspective, he was perceived in a less than admirable light. His whining attitude and blame game have been swapped for loving fiancé and Masters champ.
The glow from his Masters win less than a month ago has not waned in the slightest. This week at The Players Championship, Sergio is continuing his hot streak with an epic ace at the infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 11, 2017
The celebration didn’t end there. Garcia sent the media center bottles of Michelob Ultra and Grey Goose, like a true golf gentleman. Although he didn’t start his round strong, the ace definitely helped him gain back the confidence he needs to keep pushing through.
“I mean, I hit a good shot, but it can go there, it can go three yards past. I don’t know, it can do anything. It was nice to see it bounce and kind of spin back into the hole. Maybe because I needed it after the start I had,” said Garcia, who says he has 12 aces, five in tournament play.
The Masters champ is currently sitting pretty with an even score. The projected cut is at 1 over so it looks like he’ll make it to the weekend.
Speaking of the Masters, former Masters champ Danny Willett withdrew from the tournament after his opening round of 79. On the same hole that Sergio aced, Willett made a triple-bogey 6 to deflate the brit further.
Willett tweeted out an explanation for his withdrawal, stating that he needs some rest.
Not good to have to withdraw but swinging very poorly is putting a lot of unwanted strain on the back.. body and mind need a rest!! 😔🏌🏻
— Danny Willett (@Danny_Willett) May 12, 2017
While Garcia is thriving after his Masters win, it’s been a struggle for Willett ever since he put on the famed green jacket. His best finish for 2017 was a T39 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and he recently parted ways with his long time caddie, Jonathan Smart.
“Things are a bit stale and kind of fizzled out,” Willett told BBC Sport. “It is a shame. But things happen and change, everything happens for a reason.”
It’s true, everything happens for a reason and it’s interesting to see the difference between players and how they respond to success or failure. The next time Willett will tee-up is unknown.