Sergio Garcia won the first Major Championship of his career at the US Masters earlier this month, in what was his 73rd attempt in one of golf’s four biggest tournaments. The Spaniard held his nerve in a play-off with England’s Jordan Rose to claim the Green Jacket ahead of his fellow Ryder Cup teammate.
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Garcia had already recorded top five finishes in the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and the US PGA Championship, however, he had struggled on the final day of those events in the past. Now that he has broken his maiden, Garcia could taste further success before he retires and it may well come later this year.
The US Masters winner’s next chance of a Major Championship will come at Erin Hills at the US Open in June. He was fifth in this tournament 12 months ago when Jimmy Walker prevailed at Baltusrol.
Arguably Garcia’s best chance of another Major success will be with the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. The Spaniard plays link golf very well and has been very unlucky in the past not to win an Open. Garcia is 16/1 in the latest golf odds for the Claret Jug at the course in Merseyside.
In the 2017 US PGA Championship Garcia will have plenty of experience of playing at Quail Hollow Club as the course has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003. The European golfer was second in the US PGA Championship in 1999 at the age of just 19, while he also ended the tournament in a tie for second in 2008 behind Padraig Harrington.
Rose Can Recover from Masters Heartache
It may take a number of months for Rose to recover from the disappointment of losing in the play-offs of the US Masters, where he was looking to win his first Green Jacket. The 36-year-old led by three shots on the final day at Augusta and also held the lead going into the 16th hole. Unfortunately for the former US Open Champion, he was unable to shake off Garcia and ended up on the wrong side of the playoff result.
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Rose played extremely well for four days in Georgia and if he continues playing the kind of golf he did this year, his wait for his first Masters win is surely almost over.
The Englishman is eighth in the current world rankings, one place behind Garcia. His last tournament win was at the Olympics last year where he picked up the gold medal in Brazil. Rose will be one of the fancied players to do well in the US Open later this year. He handled the tough conditions of the event better than anyone in 2013 to prevail by two strokes for his first Major success.
Rose has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour over the last couple of years but his last win in the US was at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2015. The world number eight will be bidding to end that wait for a Tour win this year, and by the time the US Open comes around, he will be ready to strike once again.