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Can Sergio Garcia Win the 2017 US Open?

The Masters Tournament ended on 9th April 2017 and had been won by the internationally acclaimed Spanish professional golfer Sergio Garcia. Garcia has 30 international professional tournaments under his best to show his class but winning the 2017 Masters Tournament is surely the one that he enjoyed the most. The Masters Tournament is the first of the four most prestigious tournaments in a year that every golfer dreams of winning.

With the 2017 US Open odds just around the corner, the big question at every golf debate around the world is can Sergio Garcia do a double this year? Can he win the US Open 2017? To get a probable answer to this million dollar question let’s analyze the play of Sergio Garcia at the Masters Tournament.

His Qualification at the Masters Tournament 2017

Although The Masters is the invitational event, yet there are anestablished of succeedingstandards that controls who will be invited in the field. Sergio Garcia was one of the winnersof a PGA Tour event that awarded him a full-point allocation for the FedEx Cup between the 2016 and 2017 Masters Tournament. This earned him entry to the 2017 Masters Tournament.

Performance Analysis of the Final Round

At the end of the first round, Garcia was tied for the fourth position with score 71, one under par.The first round was led by Charley Hoffman of the US whose score 65, seven under par was the biggest four-stroke advantage for any golfer at the Masters Tournament since 1955. The second round saw Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters catch up with Charley Hoffman all tied for the lead with scores 69, four under par.

Garcia played some good golf to catch up and be in the lead. Eventual runner-up Justin Rose found himself tied for 6th with a score 72, one under par. The third round saw the meteoric rise of Justin Rose where he was able to birdie five out of his seven final holes and post theround’s lowest score, 67, six under par.This performance enabled him to be tied for the pole position after 3rd round with both Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia tied for the lead.

Final Round Performance

The final round saw a battle being fought between the two tied for 1st place competitors where each tried to outwit and outshine the other. Both the players missed certain shots, and each caught up with the others if he took the lead. For the last hole, both players made errors as tension crept in. Rose missed a seven-foot birdie and Garcia missed winning the championship then and there by missing a five-footer putt. This forced a sudden death playoff.

Sudden Death Playoff and Winning the Major

Both Garcia and Rose began the sudden-death playoff at the same score. While Rose’s drive hit the trees and he had to chip out, Garcia drovehis shot to the fairway and he hit his approach to 12 feet. Rose followed close with just 14 feet away for par. Rose missed the putt andGarcia converted the birdie to win the Masters Tournament 2017. This was Garcia’s 19thMaster’sAppearance, and he became the first player to have appeared in 74 championships before winning one.

So,as it seems from his performance at the Masters Tournament, it seems like Sergio Garcia does know how to keep acool head when the going gets tough. He peaked at the right moment and consolidated his pole position towards the later stages of the game. There were occasional mishaps like the one in the last round where the championship was served to him on a platter, all he had to do was hit that five footer putt but astonishingly he missed it. Had he converted it the playoffs would not have been required and he would have been crowned champion already.

Many believe that in the post-Woods era, the top 10 or 15 players are almost evenly matched and it would be difficult for Sergio Garcia to start a winning run of majors at the age of 37. Experts believe that with the current world number one ranked and US Open 2016 champion Dustin Johnson set to return this year again at US Open 2017, the chances of Sergio Garcia hitting the headlines again after Masters Tournament 2017 are slim. The current odds being 33/1 for Garcia and 8/1 for Johnson have hardly elevated Garcia to be among the favorites to win the US Open 2017 which is scheduled to be played between June 15th to 18th at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.

However,  there have been many previous instances of a golfer doing a double in 2002 when Tiger Woods did a double by winning US Open after winning Masters and also more recently by Jordan Speith who repeated the same feat in 2015.But according to the experts, Sergio Garcia has a little chance of doing the same.

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