Masters winner Sergio Garcia has revealed that the next Major in his sights, following his long-awaited breakthrough at Augusta, is the Open Championship.
Garcia finally shook off his nearly-man tag on Sunday when we won a Major at the 74th attempt, aged 37, beating England’s Justin Rose in a play-off after a riveting back-nine duel.
Far from quenching his thirst for golf’s biggest prizes, donning the Green Jacket appears only to have increased Garcia’s desire for further Majors, and none more so than the oldest of them all, the 146th edition of which takes place at Royal Birkdale in July.
“It’s better late than never. I have to continue on the same path. I hope this is not the last,” he said of his Augusta triumph, which he compared to European football’s biggest club titles.
“The Masters is like the Champions League, but the British Open is like the Champions’ Champions League.”
Garcia came close to winning the Open at Carnoustie in 2007 when he held a four-shot lead on the final day only to drop shots and then lose a play-off for the Claret Jug with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.
He also tied for second when Rory McIlroy won the Open at Royal Liverpool three years ago, and has finished in the top 10 at the tournament 10 times in 20 appearances.