Sergio García’s dramatic victory in the 2017 US Masters, the first major of his career, has provoked an outpouring of congratulation for the popular Spaniard. Both García’s fellow golfers, and other figures from the world of sport, took to social media to congratulate him following his play-off triumph over Justin Rose at Augusta.
García's fellow golfers congratulate
Tiger Woods, who has had his ups and downs with García over the years, displayed his sporting spirit. The four-time Masters winner wrote the following message: “Congrats Sergio García. Well earned.”
Figures from within Spanish golf also celebrated García’s first major victory, at his 74th attempt. Jon Rahm, who enjoyed a fine Masters debut, was elated: “Seve [Ballesteros], Txema [Olázabal], and now Sergio! Amazing! Come on! If he was my idol before, he certainly is now!” Rafa Cabrero Bello also celebrated with this message: “Ladies and gentleman, Sergio García, the Masters 2017 Champion!”, along with a video of the moment when García became the next custodian of the green jacket.
Seve, Txema y ahora Sergio!!!!!! Que grande!!! Vamos!!!!!! Si ya era mi ídolo ahora mucho mas!!!!!! #vamos— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) 9 de abril de 2017
Beyond the Iberian península, Rory McIlroy congratulated García on Twitter: “2 incredible players and 2 great friends, but I couldn’t be happier for Sergio García, you deserve it all amigo”. Bubba Watson was already looking forward to the 2018 Masters, “Congrats to Sergio García, amazing to watch. What are we going to eat next year on Tuesday night?”, a reference to the tradition of the new champion dining with the former champion.
2 unbelievable players and 2 great friends, but I couldn't be happier for @TheSergioGarcia. You deserve it all amigo!!— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) 9 de abril de 2017
Casillas, Nadal, and co.
Spanish sports stars also sent congratulations. Iker Casillas, the Porto and former-Real Madrid goalkeeper, wrote: “Dear friends, I present to you the Champion of the Augusta Masters! Congratulations Sergio García!” While Rafa Nadal wrote: “Amazing Sergio García, so exciting after so many years of struggle! Many congratulations! Delighted!”
¡Qué grande @TheSergioGarcia muy emocionante después de tantos años luchando tanto!, ¡muchas felicidades!, ¡qué alegría!— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 9 de abril de 2017
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, himself a keen golfer, scribed: “What a Masters! Huge congratulations to my friend Sergio García, unbelievable stuff!”