Last Friday, professional golfer Chris DiMarco predicted that Sergio Garcia would win the Masters and don the green jacket for his first major championship win.
He was right.
“I never wavered,” DiMarco said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “The one thing about Sergio that makes him so great is his ball-striking. I know that we saw some nerves in the middle of the round. I was not crazy about that, but he righted the ship and he was able to kind of get himself on the right track and make some birdies and get back into it. It was great to see Sergio win something. Obviously we saw him mature right in front of our eyes. He was a very immature player. He wore his emotions on his sleeve, kind of came off as a whiny, little kid there for a while, but I think he’s righted the ship and become an unbelievable player and ambassador for this game.”
Garcia had a few hiccups on the back nine Sunday. In fact, he missed a short birdie putt on 18 that set up the playoff with Justin Rose. Nevertheless, Garcia persevered to win his first major.
“I think that Sergio is able to now put that stuff behind him, which I love and I think is great,” DiMarco said. “It just seemed right for him to win. I don’t know why. It just seemed right to me that that needed to be on his resume. . . . What he’s done for this game, he deserves this. I don’t think you could have a better champion. Not only was that a major championship and a green jacket, but I think that was a ticket to the Hall of Fame for sure.”
Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, had another subpar showing on 12 on Sunday and finished tied for 11th with Rickie Fowler, among others.
DiMarco expects big things from this duo in the years ahead.
“They’re not scared,” DiMarco said. “These kids are ready to go. They’re mature and when they get there, they’re ready to go. To me, it’s a direct reflection of Tiger Woods. What we’re seeing is a product of him. These kids grew up watching him and idolizing him, and he showed them the formula and the recipe, how to do it. That’s what we’re seeing. We’re seeing that right now. It’s not about just going out and playing golf. It’s about getting your body right. It’s about getting your mind right. And the guys all have that now.”