Sergio Garcia is one of the most recognised golfers in the world. Currently, he has spent over 450 weeks in the top-10 and also holds many records in the Ryder Cup, including the leading points scorer and the player with the most matches won in the famous event.
In 2017, Sergio broke his Major duck, defeating Justin Rose in a playoff at the 2017 Masters. Before the win, the Spaniard had participated in 73 Major championships without a victory.
The Masters win wasn't the only great thing to happen to Sergio in 2017, as the Spaniard got engaged to his wife, Angela Akins. Get to know her a bit better here.
It is no secret that Sergio has, at times, been disillusioned with his golf game during his career. At the 2012 Masters, when in a position to win, he shot a disappointing 75 in the final round – he was then quoted as saying “I'm not good enough. I don't have the thing I need to have. After 13 years, the conclusion is I need to play for second or third place."
This was an incredibly sad thing for people to hear as, for many, Sergio’s incredible play, charm and passion on the course is something that many thought golf needed more of – to see him upset and downbeat was not something fans wanted to witness.
Enter Angela Akins – she went to the University of Texas and played for the college golf team – she also has presented and reported on the Golf Channel. It was in this reporting role that they first met.
Angela has clearly had a positive effect on the Spaniard's life as three months after they got engaged, he won his first Major at The Masters. This was in 2017 and they officially tied the knot in July of that year.
She is a very handy golfer, playing off of 3, and her knowledge and understanding of the game has certainly been a help to Sergio. As well as golf, Angela has a strong and knowledgeable family that has taken Garcia to their hearts. Her father, Marty, is a former All-American quarterback for Texas and, her grandfather, Ray, is also a legendary Texas High-school football coach.
American football is clearly in her blood as her cousin is former New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, who won the Superbowl in 2009 and, in the process, secured the MVP award.
When speaking about his fiancée’s family, Sergio said "Marty is very, very positive, very, you know, outspoken and a very, very confident kind of guy, and it definitely helps when he's encouraging you and things like that. Those things are nice to see."
Together, the pair have two children. Their first is called Azalea and she was born at the beginning of 2018. She is named after the flower present at the par-5 13th hole at Augusta National.
Their second child, Enzo, was born in April 2020, with Sergio writing on Instagram: “Happy Easter to everyone! We’re blessed to have welcomed Enzo Akins Garcia on Friday, April 10, at 6:25 p.m. Enzo and Angela are both doing great. Azalea is very happy to be a big sister and loves taking care of her baby brother already. Hope you all have enjoyed Easter (and Masters) Sunday. God bless from our family to yours!”
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
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Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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