If Sergio Garcia does get a bounce or two on Sunday to defy the “Golf Gods” that have haunted him during his career, there might be another spirit from beyond helping him out.
Two-time Masters champion Seve Ballesteros.
The legendary Spanish golfer, who died in 2011 from brain cancer, would have celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday. That cool coincidence is reason enough to like Garcia’s chances, but there will be even more at play for the tournament’s co-leader at -6.
Javier Ballesteros, Seve’s son, believes his father will be watching and rooting for Garcia from beyond.
— Javier Ballesteros (@J_Ballesteros1) April 9, 2017
Ballesteros won his first green jacket in 1980 and another in 1983. Fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal came along later and won in 1994 and 1999. Garcia grew up in Spain wanting to be like both and momentarily allowed for the possibility of being able to join both men as Masters champions.
“I don’t even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters winner,” Garcia told the media after his third round. “You know, it would be nice to have a chance and hopefully do it.”