Before winning the 2017 Masters yesterday, Sergio Garcia was closing in on the dubious distinction of Most Starts in a Major Without a Victory.
The 2017 Masters was Garcia’s 74th attempt at one of golf’s “majors,” the others being the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA.
Lee Westwood leads the list of active players, having made 75 unsuccessful attempts. Jay Haas is the all-time leader for being on the duck, trying 87 times for a major with nothing to show. Jay’s son Bill finds himself in a similar category, but he has only made 30 attempts thus far, so hope remains.
Back to Garcia, he was already in a tie for the record of largest lead squandered, although when he lost six shots to lose, it was only one of the regular tour stops.
Yesterday’s final day of the Masters gave every appearance of becoming another example of Garcia’s Achilles’ heel. His history is replete with examples of his inability to make birdie putts on top of his opponent after that opponent sunk a putt from outside the distance of Garcia’s.
On the 16th hole in the final round on Sunday, Garcia hit a beautiful tee shot to just outside a metre. His opponent, Justin Rose, also hit a nice tee shot, within about three metres. Rose sunk his birdie putt and gained the upper hand when Garcia failed to convert a putt that was only slightly beyond tap-in range.