PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – It’s been a month now since Sergio Garcia changed the narrative on his career, winning The Masters and setting off a wave of good wishes in the game and beyond that continues.
He’s been to his home in Switzerland for some down time, attended Rory McIlroy’s wedding in Ireland, been honored at El Clasico, the biggest soccer match in Spain and now it’s time to get back to work at the Players Championship.
Even here, the celebration continues.
On the range Monday, Garcia saw his friend, PGA Tour player Shawn Stefani, a big man who gave Garcia a bear hug.
“It’s been amazing,” Garcia said. “There’s so many great things that have happened since Sunday at Augusta. The support from the fans and supporters and everyone around the world has been amazing.
“What has meant the most, it’s to see the reaction from the players toward me and how happy – other than a couple – how they have all been. It’s true, I’m not going to lie.
“They’ve been so happy for me to get my first major and win The Masters. That, to me, shows me a lot. It shows me how much my fellow players respect me and care about me. It’s something you can’t really fake. That’s awesome.”
Garcia had planned a long break after The Masters, regardless of how he played in Augusta. The fact it allowed him to savor his Masters victory only enhanced the time away from tournament golf.
He and his fiancée, Angela Akins, paid close attention to McIlroy’s recent wedding as they go about planning their ceremony later this summer.
Asked Wednesday what he expects to feel Thursday when he is announced for the first time as Masters champion, Garcia said he didn’t know.
He did have a quick answer to another question.
Now that he has won a major, who is the best player without a major now?
“Not me,” Garcia said.