Sergio Garcia recalls how Amen Corner sparked Masters glory last yr.. but urges his rivals not to go through the same trauma

AMEN CORNER  answered Sergio Garcia’s prayers when he gained last yr’s Masters . . . but solely after bringing him to his knees!

With a Inexperienced Jacket safely in his Augusta locker, he can look again fondly on his remaining-spherical drama from eleven to thirteen — golf’s  most well-known stretch of holes.

 Spain star Sergio Garcia had a tough time at Amen Corner last time out

Spain star Sergio Garcia had a troublesome time at Amen Corner last trip

And forward of his title defence, Garcia laughed: “I’d say to anybody, take pleasure in Amen Corner for the unimaginable drama it will probably generate, particularly on the fourth day.

“Simply don’t attempt to play them  the approach I did!”

The Spaniard dropped a shot on the fearsome eleventh — Augusta’s longest par 4 at 505 yards — to fall two  photographs off Justin Rose.

He scrambled a par three on the twelfth, typically rated the most scary brief gap in the recreation.

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 Sergio Garcia celebrates his dramatic victory at Augusta last year

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But his hopes of claiming that elusive first Main title seemed over when he hooked his drive right into a  bush on the par-5 thirteenth.

Garcia, 38, stated: “It might  have completed so in another way if I hadn’t managed to keep calm after that drive — as a result of it did seem like my probability may need gone.

“After the bogey on eleven, I advised myself, ‘Look, it’s probably the hardest gap on the course and that would occur to anybody. Simply regroup and transfer on’.

“Making par on 12 ought to have settled me, as it’s a gap the place catastrophe lurks.

“Jordan Spieth put two balls in the water there in the remaining spherical the yr earlier than  to destroy his possibilities.

“The thirteenth is just 5 yards longer than the eleventh and often is a should-birdie par 5.

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“But there I used to be, wanting like dropping a minimum of one shot, and Justin was completely positioned to go for the inexperienced in two, wanting to stretch his lead to three or 4 with solely 5 holes to play. I advised myself that is what you practise  for, to make one thing particular occur if you find yourself beneath the most intense strain.

“After my penalty drop I hit a very good restoration with my third, knocked it on the inexperienced  to about 15ft  and holed my putt for par!

 

“Justin was on in two and rolled his first putt about 6ft  from the gap. All of a sudden there was much more driving on the  putt.

“He missed,  then I go birdie-eagle on 14 and 15 and we find yourself degree on 9 underneath.

“Everyone knows what occurred in the play-off, fortunately for me.

“But with out that par save on thirteen, I don’t assume I’d have had the power and  perception to make  birdie on 14, or  eagle on 15.

 Sergio Garcia dons the green jacket after his Masters glory in 2017

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Sergio Garcia dons the inexperienced jacket after his Masters glory in 2017
 Sergio Garcia recalls how he stayed calm when it mattered most at the Masters last year

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“So I typically assume again to Amen Corner as the a part of the course the place I virtually misplaced The Masters — after which gave myself the probability to win it.

“Ideally, you’d  play that stretch in a single or two beneath. I performed it in a single over. But strolling off thirteen, it felt like I’d made up floor on Justin.

“Whenever you get these kind of feelings, it helps  clarify why Amen Corner is such a particular place and why it’s often so pivotal in deciding the outcome.”

AMEN CORNER  answered Sergio Garcia’s prayers when he gained last yr’s Masters . . . but solely after bringing him to his knees!