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Filling The Void: Sudden Death For the Green Jacket

After 73 previous Major tournaments, Sergio Garcia finally breaks through to claim his first Major Championship and don the green jacket at Augusta.

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Filling The Void: Sudden Death For the Green Jacket

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We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going. From those in the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves. Whether you’re delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

Today: 2017 Masters Tournament – Final Round

Persistence pays off – eventually. Just ask Phil Mickelson. Over the course of his first 13 years on the PGA Tour, he had failed to ever win a Men’s major golf championship, despite having numerous close calls. He had finished 2nd or 3rd on six different occasions and 17 times was inside the top 10. Eventually, he did finally break the drought – earning the victory at the Masters in 2004.

While he may not have had as many “close calls” as Mickelson, Sergio Garcia must’ve known how he felt. After turning professional in 1999, it would take him 73 tries before he would earn his first victory in a Major. The 2017 Masters – his 74th Major tournament – finally brought the title. It didn’t come easily though, as Justin Rose, his playing partner for the final round, was neck and neck with him the entire round.

Just as they had after the third round, Rose and Garcia finished the 72nd and final hole of the tournament tied – having both finished with a score of 279 through four rounds. According to tournament rules, they would replay the 18th hole to begin a sudden-death playoff.

It didn’t take long for this one to ultimately be decided. Rose drove his ball into the trees, while Garcia found the fairway. Rose had to chip out and after his approach he ended up missing his par putt. He would bogey the hole, giving Sergio two chances to seal the deal. Garcia only needed one, as he sunk his birdie putt and clinched the green jacket.

Over the years Garcia has had his fair share of ups and downs, but my guess is that April 9, 2017 will rank as one of the most memorable days of his career.

See You Tomorrow. Be Safe. Be Smart. Wash Your Hands.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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