SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | Sergio García has a green jacket.
He will try again this week at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale to win the Claret Jug, which he has had a finger on more than once but never wrapped his hands fully around it.
And next week, García will put a ring on his finger, marrying his fiancée Angela Akins in Texas.
So, it’s fair to ask, where is García’s focus this week?
“It’s on the Open, don’t worry,” García said Monday. “It’s going to be where it has to be this week. Angela has been doing a great job of getting everything ready for the wedding and obviously we’re excited for next week.
“But we have something that we’re also extremely excited about this week and we want to be here giving everything we have and, hopefully, with a chance on Sunday.”
If The Masters seemed the least likely major championship that García would win given his stormy history with Augusta National, the Open Championship has seemed the most likely. Ten times García has finished in the top-10 and twice he has been runner-up (2007, 2014). The past three Opens, García has finished T2, T6 and T5.
Why does García believe he has been so consistently good in this event?
“I’ve always said that consistency is one of my greatest attributes throughout my career,” he said. “Of course I could have won more but I think the consistency I’ve had for the last 18 or 19 years is not that easy to do. I think some people overlook that. I’ve been able to do it a lot in the majors and in the Open. Hopefully I can make it even better this week.”
Having famously played 73 major championships before finally winning one, García said in the Augusta aftermath that he didn’t expect the victory would change him. It would alter his legacy, obviously, but not him.
“I don’t think I’m happier. I’m really happy,” García said. “Fortunately for me, I’ve been very happy pretty much my whole life. So that hasn’t changed.
“Like we say in Spain, the more sugar, the sweeter it is. Obviously winning The Masters made it even sweeter but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy before.”