(Via Matt Slocum/AP)
0 for 73.
In his pro golf career, Sergio Garcia was 0 for 73 in Majors. For his whole career, Sergio had been a lovable loser in golf, similar to that of the Cubs. Time and time again, Sergio had come close but no cigar. He even was able to force a playoff in the 2007 British Open, but ultimately, 0 for 73.
Entering this year's tournament, Dustin Johnson was the overwhelming favorite to capture the Green Jacket. However, he slipped and fell down a flight of stairs, so he was forced to withdraw from the tournament. To make things more interesting, defending champion Danny Willett failed to qualify. In the final round today, Sergio dominated the first nine, up by three strokes over Justin Rose.
Come the second nine, it looked like another typical Sergio Sunday collapse. He bogeyed holes 10 and 11, after not bogeying for 19 straight holes. Rose took advantage, and took a two stroke lead. Come Hole 13, Sergio hit a ball underneath a bush, seemingly giving Rose the win. Sergio was somehow able to recover for a par. Rose parred on both 13 AND 14, and Sergio took advantage, birdieing on 14 and cutting the lead to one stroke. From there, he caught fire. Rose birdied on the 15th to be true, but Sergio responded with an eagle. On the 16th, one of the easiest holes at Augusta National, Sergio failed to convert the birdie while Rose did, with Rose taking a one stroke lead into Hole 17. Rose had a par putt set up, which could have potentially won him the Masters. However, he missed, and a Sergio par tied it heading to the last hole. Both men had set up beautiful shots on 18, and with Rose parring, Sergio had a birdie putt set up to win it all.
And he missed. He got the par to set up a playoff, sure, but he missed.
Rose teed off to begin, and clipped a tree on the edge of the fairway. Sergio drilled it down the fairway, nearly sealing it. Rose could do nothing but setting up his third shot. He was able to set himself up for par, but missed the only prayer he had left. With 2 shots to win, Sergio knocked it down in one, winning The Masters.
1 for 74.