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RENSLOW: A feeling of triumph and relief

There are times in life when things just don’t seem to go your way.

The things you’ve been working on are visible. You can see them, but you can’t touch them. A small victory along the way may keep you motivated, but you wonder if your goals will remain out of reach.

This is why we like underdogs. We all know what it’s like to believe you have what it takes only to come up short.



There are also some times when everything falls into place. We recognize those integral things that became part of a successful whole. Or perhaps we realize that there was something bigger than us going on.

The final round of the Masters golf tournament last Sunday was just such a convergence for Sergio Garcia. Near the lead since the second round on Friday, Garcia’s tee shot on the 13th hole Sunday headed left into the trees. A par-5, most players see birdie as a likelihood and par more disappointing.



He was paired with Justin Rose, who, with just six holes to play, was the only player in a position to beat him. And Rose was playing well, while Garcia had shown signs of faltering.

For those of us who have followed the game and Garcia for years, this scenario seemed all too familiar. Whether through his own weakness or another’s strength, Garcia has not won a “major” tournament. He has held the title of ‘the best player to never win a major’ long enough to become numb to the obligatory questions.

Sunday, however, was a different day. Garcia’s heroes, fellow Spaniards Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria-Olazabal, each won here twice. And, Sunday was the date of birth for the now fallen Ballesteros.

Garcia would punch out of the trees and make a fabulous par putt. On the 15th hole, his second shot would hit the flagstick leaving him a 20-foot putt which he made for an eagle.  

Tied after the completion of the round, Garcia would make a birdie on the first playoff hole and capture his first major.

Few will ever experience that unique sense of accomplishment. A hard fought victory. A feeling of triumph and relief. It all came together.

Congratulations, Sergio!

John Renslow is a PGA Class A Professional and Instructor at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at jrenslow@yahoo.com.


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