6 near-misses that done Sergio Garcia’s Masters win so most sweeter

Sergio Garcia, golf’s proprietor nearly-man, is a scarcely male no more. He’s a vital winner, no matter what.

He came into a final turn with a three-shot lead, that by no error of his own, had evaporated by a 10th hole due to a fibre of birdies from Justin Rose. That’s when things started to go off a rails: Nervy bogeys on 10 and 11, followed by a spectacle standard save on 13.

But to Garcia’s large credit, he fought behind in stirring fashion. A overwhelming eagle during 15 forced a birdie from rose to tie a lead. Rose pulled forward once again on 16, yet after a spook on 17, a dual found themselves in a playoff — one that Garcia prevailed from on his initial additional hole.

The service on his face was self-evident. Indeed, it was a long, perplexing highway that led Sergio to this place…

6. 1999 PGA Championship

Had this happened after in his career, it might good be ranked higher. But Sergio was so young, and his run adult a leaderboard so improbable. He was 5 behind from Tiger Woods streamer into a behind nine, and even yet he eventually mislaid by one, it was seen as a certain for Garcia. This guy’s destiny was bright. He was going to win copiousness of majors.

5. 2002 U.S. Open

The misfortune partial of this detriment was a passion that surrounded Sergio via it, rather than anything on a course. As a up-and-coming European challenger to Tiger Woods’ throne, Sergio faced a antagonistic New York throng during Bethpage that seemed to, during times, get to him. He played with Tiger in a final organisation on Sunday, yet he was 4 strokes behind when he did. The outcome was never truly in doubt.

4. 2014 British Open

Again, Sergio was really many an alien entrance into a final round, that softens a blow in some respects. He started a day 7 behind and finished adult losing by two. In reality, though, this was always Rory McIlroy’s contest to lose.

3. 2013 Players Championship*

The Players Championship isn’t technically a major, yet it feels wrong to have a list like this and not embody what happened during Sawgrass in 2013. A good aged fashioned implosion that truly was unpleasant to watch.

2. 2008 PGA Championship

This one hurt, not only since he hold a lead so late — he had a one shot pillow walking into a final 3 holes — yet since of who he mislaid to. Padraig Harrington was a exhilarated opposition of Sergio’s that done his dual bogeys on a final 3 holes to palm him a prize all a some-more painful.

1. 2007 Open Championship

The 2007 British Open was positively a many unpleasant of all. It wasn’t only a detriment to Padraig, it was a approach it happened. His putt to win it all burnt a corner of a hole in delicious fashion, heading to a playoff, that he lost.

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