Sergio García: "It's the best end to an incredible week"

The Castellón valued his triumph at the Sanderson Farms, where he wanted to dedicate his victory to his paternal uncles, who died of the coronavirus.


The Castellón Sergio García once again felt the excitement and happiness of winning a new title in his brilliant professional career, but this time with a very special value after proclaiming himself champion of the Sanderson Farms Champhionship tournament this Sunday after achieving a birdie on the last hole of the course.

"The perfect ending to an incredible week", declared García after having delivered a card of 67 strokes (-5) and adding 269 strokes (-19), an advantage over the American Peter Malnati who scored 270 hits (- 18), which was second.

That ended just over a year of title drought for Garcia, a wait that grew even longer in a difficult year after he failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and fell outside the world's top 50 for the first time. since 2011.

But Garcia was always inspired since he arrived at the Country Club of Jackson (Mississippi) and certified it

García hit a 5 club that just cleared a bunker and placed a putt with which he made an eagle more than a meter inside the green to tie the lead, and won the Sanderson Farms Championship with an 8 iron and holed the ball inches from the final hole to the golden birdie.

"I outplayed myself on the 18th hole and did what I've been doing all week. I trusted myself," said Garcia, who won a cash prize of $ 1,188,000. "I aimed to the right side of the fairway and just made a decisive shot - really, really good drive - and it gave me the ability to have an 8 iron on the green instead of a 6 or something like that."

The victory was Garcia's first on the PGA Tour since winning the Masters in 2017 with a back-nine rally highlighted by an 8-iron that bounced off the pin at 15 and readied the eagle. He finally beat Briton Justin Rose in a tiebreaker.

"This time it was an 8 iron in the 18, and almost the same circumstances occurred, but as it all ended it was a dream come true," said Garcia, who has had a very tough year.

Garcia has only achieved a top 10 since golf was resumed in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and missed the cut in three of his four tournaments prior to the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The Spanish golfer also learned that his father's brother, Ángel, died a week ago from the coronavirus. His father lost another brother, Paco, to the virus at the start of the pandemic.

García was moved and his voice cut when he spoke of the death of his uncles.

"It has been hard for my dad," Garcia acknowledged. "This victory is for them" .

With his victory, Garcia has won at least once worldwide in each of his last 10 years, a streak he shares with Rose.

In addition, Garcia won for the eleventh time on the PGA Tour and the thirty-sixth in all competitions he has participated.

The Spanish golfer is now ranked 38th in the world rankings.

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