Sergio Garcia can finally move on from being known as ‘El Nino’ and reach some golfing maturity by winning the US Masters this week. Rory McIlroy also has everything in his favour to win the third major of his career. The Johnsons of Zach and Dustin are leading contenders while Graham DeLaet and Jimmy Walker look best of the outsiders.
That’s a pretty long shortlist of six players but Garcia is my main pick. Everything about his game is in good order including his putting and apparently there is some contentment in his private life. The question is can Sergio forget his demons and win his first major at Augusta? There’s just too much in his favour to have any doubts.
Garcia seems to be getting to grips with the demands of Augusta. He has finished in the top twelve in the last two years and made every cut since 2008. The claw grip may look awkward but he is getting the ball in the hole and that is the objective. The Spanish former prodigy has great all round game and he can finally come of age.
In 2011 McIlroy had a four shot lead ahead of the final round of the Masters. His score of 80 is his highest in professional golf and he finished 15th. Nine weeks later he won the US Open by eight shots. After his wretched year in 2013 when everything that could go wrong did go wrong McIlroy is the player most likely to prevent Garcia finally winning one of the four biggest prizes in golf.