Sergio Garcia of Spain holds the Masters trophy after winning at Augusta.
Sergio Garcia of Spain holds the Masters trophy after winning at Augusta. ANDREW GOMBERT

Garcia: 'I feel I still have a lot of great years in me'

GOLF: Sergio Garcia says he can achieve more success after breaking his major drought with a win at the US Masters.

The day after his thrilling playoff victory over Justin Rose at Augusta, the 37-year-old, who took 73 attempts before winning one of the big four titles, said there was still room for improvement.

"Obviously I'm 37. I'm not 22 or 25 any more, but I feel I still have a lot of great years in me and I'm excited for those," he told Golf Digest.

"Everybody that is around me is helping me, making me not only a better golfer but a better person.

"It's not easy, because I know how much of a hard-headed man I can be sometimes, but it's been great."

The Spaniard said he'd had four hours sleep after partying hard.

Garcia moved up to No.7 in the world rankings following his breakthrough victory but said nothing appeared to have changed.

"I don't know if it hasn't sunk in or something but it doesn't feel that different," he said.

"Obviously I am very proud but I feel like the same guy ... I haven't changed."

Garcia said he was even more delighted to have won on the day his idol - Severiano Ballesteros, the winner of five major titles, including two green jackets - would have celebrated turning 60.

"I wish he could have been there with me," he said.

Garcia is just the third Spaniard to win the Masters after Ballesteros (1980, 1983) and another of his mentors, Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999).

News Corp Australia


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