Sergio Garcia gives hope and painful moniker to these rivals

Sunday afternoon at the Masters in Augusta, Garcia was two shots behind leader Justin Rose going to the 510-yard par 5 13th hole, and looked to be about to collapse altogether when he bounced his tee shot off a tree and into an azalea bush. He made a tough par save from the fairway bunker on No. 1 and rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 3.

Garcia then birdied the 14th and eagled the 15th, where Rose responded with a birdie to head to the 16th tee tied for the lead.

Garcia has now set his sights on the second major of the year; The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. After Garcia's final putt hit the bottom of the cup, CBS showed his fiancee, Angela Akins, who was clearly overcome with emotion. Then he followed that by saying that he's glad that he can be asked about being the best player to only win one major in the future. "And I played well and Sergio and Justin, they were just too good coming in".

He was 19 and already heralded as a star and the most likely rival for Tiger Woods. As a victor of 31 worldwide events, with four runner-up finishes and 21 top-10s in majors, and his role as a European Ryder Cup stalwart, he's often found atop subjective lists of "best players without a major". Tom Kite previously held that mark, winning the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, what turned out to be his only major, in his 73rd career major appearance.

Sergio Garcia had built a three-shot lead on the front nine, and the Masters was his to lose. "And I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots, some of those putts". Garcia had a birdie from 10 feet and the ball circled the lip as it were and then dropped to spark of an emotional display by the victor.

"Like I said when I finished Augusta, we're not done yet", Garcia said.

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The thing most noticed over the final five holes of regulation and in the playoff, was that Garcia and Rose were pulling for each other.

What he found on Sunday, starting with his drive to the golf course, was a calmness he had never felt in the previous three times he played in the final group.

But Garcia saved par, Rose failed to make birdie and Garcia still had life.

"I feel bad I went so downhill while Rickie was still in it, because it is tough when you don't see a ball go in the hole", he said.

"The Masters is like the Champions League (Europe's biggest football club competition), but the British Open is like the Champions' Champions League".

"Even after making a couple of bogeys I was very positive". Obviously, this is something I wanted to do for a long time, but it never felt like a horror movie.

And while Smith was a key component at the Games last summer, winning a silver medal in the pommel horse, he struggled to hide his emotions after losing out on gold to fellow Brit Max Whitlock - four years previously he had scored the same as Hungarian Krisztian Berki in the Olympic pommel, but came second by virtue of difficulty.



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