Sergio Garcia has not won anywhere in the world since 2014, and that came on the European Tour. Garcia has been long labeled as a choker, and someone who cannot convert a lead into a W.
This persona, however, was not the case this week for the Spaniard. Garcia won for the first time on America’s PGA Tour for the first time since 2012. Trailing leader Brooks Koepka by 3 shots entering the final round, Garcia battled to shoot a 2-under 68. Garcia lost 2 balls due to water hazards and made 4 bogeys en route to his 68. Koepka shot a +1 71 to surrender his lead.
Koepka and Garcia entered a sudden death playoff to determine the winner. Kopeka teed off first and hit his drive left into the water. Garcia now had his chance. He pulled his driver and split the fairway with a 300 yard drive. Garcia’s second shot landed on the green where he would 2 putt for the victory. This victory tied the late Seve Ballesteros for most PGA Tour wins by a Spanish player with 9.
Around the world at the Irish Open, Rory McIlroy was victorious after making an eagle on the par 5 18th. Rory serves as the official host of the Irish Open and has always donated his tournament winnings to the Rory Foundation.
With the US Open only 3 weeks away, these wins for these 2 players could not have come at a better time. For Garcia, he still has not won a major championship and would like to get out of the discussion as the greatest to never win one. For Rory, who is the number 3 golfer in the world, he seems to have been forgotten and overshadowed by the recent dominance of Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. A win at the US Open will bring Rory back into the present day “big 3.”