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
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
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.