With all the furore over Sergio Garcia winning the Masters in a nail-biting playoff against Justin Rose back in April, there is talk of the Spaniard marching on to complete the double as he eyes up the Open Championship at the end of July. Many believe that this could be the kickstart to a long streak of winning from Garcia.
Not convinced? Well, let us convince you. Here are some of the key reasons why we think that Sergio Garcia will storm the Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale in the end of July.
He’s hungry for more
Now that he’s finally had a taste of what it’s like to win a major, you can bet that Garcia won’t rest on his laurels and will want to strike while the 9-iron’s hot to grab himself another lucrative title. Garcia previously referred to the Masters as the Champions League and likened the Open at the Royal Birkdale to the Champions’ Champions League – so he’ll be keen to add another jewel to the crown of a hugely impressive year. We could be looking at yet another sport that could be overrun by Spanish dominance!
He’s come close before
Back in 2007, Garcia lost the Open Championship to the Irishman Pádraig Harrington in a playoff – a grueling way for anyone to lose; just ask Justin Rose! Ten years later and still no Open win, so you can bet Garcia will have a fire burning inside of him to nab that illusive tournament trophy once and for all.
He’s got the power
Garcia has always had underrated power, but he showed it off during the Masters. On the 15th hole in the final round, he stunned the Augusta National crowd with a glorious eagle on a par 5. With Royal Birkdale not long by Open standards, Garcia will have plenty of options off the tee.
He’s got the pedigree
After turning professional in 1999 at the tender age of 18, Garcia has gone on to have an 18-year-long career as a pro golfer with 31 tournament wins under his belt. He is one of the richest golfers in the world, and with Adidas being his main sponsor it’s safe to say he’s not short of a few pairs of golf shoes.
He can play in any weather
Garcia certainly knows how to play in less-than-optimum weather, with his ability to control the ball in harsh winds is right up there with the best players in the game. When the winds inevitably pick up at the Royal Birkdale you’ll notice one player that isn’t sweating half as much as the rest of them.
He’s got the fans behind him
Everyone loves an underdog, and now that Garcia has finally won his first major of his career, you can be certain that the crowds are going to get behind him to push him on even further this year. While everyone likes the support of the crowd, it seems that Garcia absolutely thrives off encouraging vibes, so he’ll be more likely to capitalise when the crowd back him.