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April 9, 2017 – Sergio Garcia, The Masters

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By Mike Cullity – Global Golf Post

M2-17_DRV_3quarterThe Masters rarely disappoints, and this year’s 81st edition held true to form.

A third-round leaderboard flush with big names yielded a Sunday duel between two formidable Europeans, genial Englishman Justin Rose and star-crossed Spaniard Sergio García.

Rose, whose résumé boasts a U.S. Open title and an Olympic gold medal, appeared tailor-made for a green jacket. But García ended nearly two decades of major heartbreak with a playoff birdie on what would have been his hero Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 10.23.06 AMGarcía, who burst onto the major scene as a scissor-kicking teen chasing Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship, had been defined more for his Grand Slam failures (0-for-73) than his 21 victories on the PGA and European tours. At The Masters five years ago, he flatly admitted that he didn’t have what it takes to win majors.

He proved himself wrong on Sunday, making a dramatic eagle on Augusta National’s par-5 15th to draw even with Rose. He missed a short birdie putt on No. 18 to win in regulation, but redeemed himself in the playoff by holing from inside 10 feet after Rose missed his par putt.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 12.27.18 PMThe Masters drama began in earnest Wednesday when thunderstorms wiped out the Par-3 Contest and Dustin Johnson’s sock-footed slip on a staircase at his Augusta rental home ended his tournament before it began. At Thursday’s farewell to Arnold Palmer, honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player struck the opening tee shots with Palmer’s green jacket draped on a nearby chair, the Golden Bear poignantly waving his cap toward heaven before swinging away.

On Sunday night, it was easy to imagine Seve peering down, a tear of joy in his eye.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 2.05.43 PMDriver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver Dual Core TiNi 80TX

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M1 2017 (17 and 19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80XTS

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (54 SB-09 and 58 SB-11)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X

Spider_Tour_Platinum_Sole_RS_REV3Putter: TaylorMade Spider Red
Grip: SuperStroke 1.0P (Tour only)

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Republished with permission by Global Golf Post.