Wednesday, April 12

A Sports Illustrated Cover for Sergio Garcia

SERGIO GARCIA, THE 2017 MASTERS CHAMPION and redeemed man, graces the cover of the new issue of Sports Illustrated. Look at it. It's a great cover that says a lot, especially if you know the history and context behind the images. The pure emotion is, dare I say, perfect.

In SI's national cover story, Alan Shipnuck wrote, "By the time GarcĂ­a arrived at Augusta last week he was largely a forgotten figure, despite a lopsided win two months earlier against a good field in Dubai. But he had a secret weapon: He was in love again, this time with Angela Akins, 31, a former Golf Channel talent who now wears an engagement ring the size of a satellite dish."

Sergio also putted well. And that 8-iron at No. 15 that led to an eagle? That was a Masters moment and one of the greatest shots of the Spaniard's life.

Said Martin Kaymer: "Poor Sergio… It wasn't fair to be made into Tiger's rival—who could live up to that? I think it damaged him a little bit."

We also know that Sergio was his own rival, a talented and tormented golfer who was often in contention at majors and fizzled nearly every time.

Now Garcia is the ultimate insider, a man with a Green Jacket and a prized locker where legends are eternal.

This issue will be on newsstands tomorrow.

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