Sergio Garcia wins the Byron Nelson A T&T in Texas

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Golf fans everywhere look to Jordan Spieth as a rising star on the PGA Tour, and rightfully so

. But Sergio García, who won the AT&T Byron Nelson this weekend, was once in Spieth’s position.

Sergio García rose to the challenge in the final round while Spieth faltered in the spotlight again.

 His win over Brooks Koepka on the first playoff hole gave the 36-year-old Spaniard his ninth PGA Tour win,

tying him with all-time great Seve Ballesteros for the most in his country’s history.

García shot 63-66-68-68 to finish at 15 under for the tournament, while Spieth once again struggled on Sunday.

The 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion shot a 74 in the final round to remove himself from contention and finish at 10-under par. Meanwhile, Koepka shot a final-round 71 on the par-70 course to reach the playoff with García.

But Koepka’s double bogey on the first extra hole meant Sergio’s par was good enough to win the tournament for the

second time in his career (2004). Matt Kuchar finished alone in third at 14 under, shooting a 69 on Sunday.

With the victory, García earned $1.314 million and his first PGA Tour win since 2012, when he won the Wyndham

Championship. The TPC Four Seasons Resort course gave golfers the opportunity for a lot of low scores, as no player

making the cut and finishing the tournament scored over par. Several golfers shot all four rounds in the 60s,

including García, Kuchar and fourth-place finishers Spencer Levin and Tim Wilkinson. Of course, Spieth could’ve joined

them after shooting 64-65-67 in the first three rounds, but his Sunday score dropped him into a tie for 18th place.

Five of García’s PGA wins have come in playoffs, including his 2004 victory in this event. images Sergio Garcia

He now has just two PGA Tour wins since 2008 and three since 2005.

For a golfer everyone expected to collect majors throughout his career,Sergio García has struggled as he’s aged.

No longer the wide-eyed, excitable teenager everyone saw at the 1999 PGA Championship,

 García shows the grind that professional golf can be on even the world’s best players.

Spieth may be learning that lesson early in his career. Ranked No. 2 in the world, he has struggled in his last three

tournaments, somewhat. He lost a five-stroke lead on Sunday at the Masters and

 Missed the cut last week at The Players Championship. And now he’s failed to close out a win in his hometown

tournament. Spieth will face even more pressure and scrutiny, until he grabs another tournament trophy.

That may seem unfair to one of the best players in the world, but since the Tiger Woods era,

golf experts and fans have high expectations for players to close on Sunday.

Both Koepka and Spieth — the final pairing on Sunday — struggled to finish the tournament strong,

Giving Sergio García the final-round window he needed. García, of course, knows Tour heartbreak all too well:

The Spaniard has lost six playoffs in his career, including the Tour Championship twice (2001, 2008), the British Open

(2007) and The Players Championship (2015). And let’s not forget the battle with Woods in that famous 1999 PGA

Championship. García did, however, win The Players in 2008 on the first playoff hole.

With just three tournaments left on the PGA Tour schedule before the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club,

every top golfer in the game is sharpening their skills. Some concerns surround Spieth, less so for top-ranked Jason

Day and No. 3 Rory McIlroy, who won the Ireland Open yesterday in his native country. 

García and everyone else is chasing those three.

 

IRVING, TX - MAY 22: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the first tee during the Final Round at AT&T Byron Nelson on May 22, 2016 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

IRVING, TX – MAY 22: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the first tee during the Final Round at AT&T Byron Nelson on May 22, 2016 in Irving, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

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