Sergio Garcia’s Masters win created headlines all throughout the sporting world, not least in his native Spain.
The 37-year-old won a Major at the 74th time of asking on Sunday and it was so significant that it made the football-mad Spanish sports press briefly forget that Barcelona lost at the weekend and that there are Champions League quarter-final ties this week.
Marca led the way by simply having the headline “At Last!,” in relation to Garcia’s long, long wait for a Major:
“After 73 majors, four heartbreaking runner-up finishes and years of self-doubt, Garcia finally delivered the long-awaited title when his 12-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole dropped into the cup at the par-four 18th, triggering a massive cheer from a gallery that had been on the edge of their seats.
“…on Sunday he buried decades of heartbreak and meltdowns by clinching a stirring win at the U.S. Masters.
“The Spaniard stamped himself as one of the game’s greats in remarkable fashion.”
— Mr. Portadas ⚽️ (@MrPortadas) April 10, 2017
El Mundo used a series of poetic metaphors and similes to highlight just what a titanic contest this was between two men, while banishing Garcia’s playoff defeat to Padraig Harrington in the Open in 2008 to the realms of history:
“And at last he got it. Impossible to do it with more suspense, but he did.
“Garcia recovered from a failure with a putt of less than a meter in the 18th hole, repeating exactly the same steps that led him to fall in the British Open 2007. Sergio’s curse is history. The first Spanish major in the 21st century is here.”
El Pais, meanwhile, play this up as the “redemption” of Sergio Garcia, changing the perception of Garcia as simply a very good player and nice guy to one of the all-time greats:
“There can be no better way to prove his merits to win his first green jacket, to enter the court of the great, to bend in a pulse of epic proportions, a duel to the sun without end, the hardest rival, in the field more complicated.”
El Correo have gone one further, and proclaimed that Spanish golf is once again at the top of the world after Garcia’s victory:
“Emulating the great Seve and Olazabal, returns to Spanish golf to the top of the planet.
“In the most agonising way imaginable, after dominating the day in the first round and overcoming a back-nine of infarction, seeing a blow underneath for lack of two holes and wasting a putt of just over a meter in the last, delaying the Tie your coronation.”
Golf may not be the biggest sport in Spain, but Garcia’s win has put everything else to one side today.