Sergio Garcia: Positive approach was key

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Spain’s Sergio Garcia admits a positive mindset at this year’s Masters allowed him to kick on and claim his first Green Jacket at Augusta National.

Garcia has come close to winning his first major on many occasions but he finally ended that record at the 74th attempt on Sunday.

After finishing in a tie for 12th at the Masters five years ago, Garcia claimed he was never good enough to win a major but he beat Justin Rose in a play-off to finally seal his name in history.

Garcia was three clear of Rose after five holes but Rose then pulled two clear of his rival before a late fightback.

The 37-year-old then missed his putt on the 18th to give Rose another chance before he then dug deep to birdie the 18th in the first play-off hole.

Speaking after his win, Garcia admitted a more positive attitude got him through another tough weekend.

He said: “I think the problem was, because where my head was at sometimes, I did think about if I was ever going to win one.

“I’ve had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me. So it did cross my mind.

“But lately I’ve been getting some good help and I’ve been thinking a little bit different, a little bit more positive, and kind of accepting that if, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen, my life is still going to go on – it’s not going to be a disaster. But it’s happened!”

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