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Sergio Garcia wins Masters

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts in front of Justin Rose, of England, after making an eagle putt on the 15th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Garcia went on to defeat Rose in a playoff to win a major tournament for the first time. (David Goldman / Asscociated Press)
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts in front of Justin Rose, of England, after making an eagle putt on the 15th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Garcia went on to defeat Rose in a playoff to win a major tournament for the first time. (David Goldman / Asscociated Press)

Sergio Garcia tugged the lapel of his green jacket with both hands, proud of his prize and how he earned it.

His hopes were fading Sunday in the Masters – two shots behind with six holes to play – when his tee shot bounced off a tree and into an azalea bush, the kind of bad luck he had come to expect in the majors. Instead of pouting, he figured out how to make par.

On the 18th, 5 feet away from winning, his birdie putt peeled off to the right. Usually resigned to fail, Garcia proved to be more resilient than ever.

He was a new man with a new title: Masters champion.

Major champion.

“It’s been an amazing week,” Garcia said, “and I’m going to enjoy it for the rest of my life.” Read more.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.