Olazabal on Garcia: Normally he would have caved

The Spaniard won his first major last weekend

BY Simon Maguire 13:00 Thursday 13 April 2017, 13:00 13 Apr 2017

Picture by: Charlotte Observer/TNS/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Sergio Garcia finally claimed a major win at the 74th time of asking after beating Justin Rose to become the 2017 Masters champion.

The Spaniard beat the Englishman on the first play-off hole to claim his maiden major win after years of near misses and heartbreak.

One of Garcia's idols and two-time Masters winner, Jose Maria Olazabal, was impressed with how he looked during his practice rounds which he believes was key to staying calm on the back nine on Sunday.

Speaking to the PGA Tour's official website, Olazabal said: “I saw not just how well he played (in practice), but how calm and collected he was during our practice round, and I thought maybe that was the most important element for him to do well in Augusta."

“The calmness and how collected he was when things didn’t go his way from 10 to 13, I think that was the main difference compared to the Sergio of past times.

“Most of the time, he would have, you know, caved in and let it go. I think this time he showed more maturity. You could sense that in his looks, in his actions, how he was breathing, how he was looking, his eyes.”

Garcia has now set his sights on the second major of the year; The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. 


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