Adidas executives must have been disappointed when Dustin Johnson was forced to withdraw after a slip-and-fall. Not to worry stockholders, Adidas brand representatives Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, are picking up the slack.
Garcia, a Spaniard and Rose, an Englishman share a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and are two ahead of Jordan Spieth. Sunday at The Masters is set, 16 players are within five shots of the lead. All the Augusta plot twists are in place: the roars, eagles, collapses and heroics await.
Justin Rose won the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in 2013, his best finish in Augusta is a tie for second in 2015. Most recently Rose outlasted the field and resisted the Zika virus to take gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The memory of a 17-year-old Rose at the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale is forever etched. Remember when he holed a wedge from 50 yards on the finishing hole to finish alone in fourth place? He was only 17! He’s 36 now and shot a sweet little 67 yesterday, out in 36, in with 31. He’s ready and able to win — he won’t.
Miracles and The Masters go together like an egg salad sandwich and cold beer. Ben Crenshaw’s emotional win in 1995 following the passing of Harvey Penick will be hard to beat — Augusta theatrics loom. Sergio Garcia is the best player on the planet without a major. He’s tied for second four times in The Open and PGA, has a tie for third in the U.S. Open and has a tie for fourth in The Masters.
Garcia is second in the field in driving accuracy and fifth in greens in regulation, two stats we love. “El Nino” will win The Masters today for himself and to honor the memory of the greatest golfer Spain has ever produced. Seve Ballesteros would have been 60-years-old today.
Make Spain proud, win.