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Wednesday
Apr192017

"García’s Masters triumph reveals the secret of sportsmanship"

The Guardian's Andrew Anthony nails down what was so satisfying about Sergio Garcia's Masters playoff win over Justin Rose.

He writes:

He could have started his familiar antics at that stage, snapping at his caddie, grumbling at the crowd, chucking clubs, remonstrating with the heavens, demonstrating that he was, as Padraig Harrington has said, “a very sore loser”.

But instead he accepted the possibility of defeat, made his peace with it, and realised life would go happily on if his Ryder Cup mate Rose emerged the winner. Suddenly the lavishly talented man who wilted against the iron character of Tiger Woods, and twice cracked as the grittier Harrington snatched major victories from his grasp, looked comfortable with – even happy for – his opponent. And finally García won.

Gamesmanship stems from a desire to avoid defeat at any cost. The secret of sportsmanship is that learning how to lose can also teach you how to win.

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"Gamesmanship stems from a desire to avoid defeat at any cost. The secret of sportsmanship is that learning how to lose can also teach you how to win."
04.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Sportsmanship isn't what a guy in need of a PR makeover does while in the spotlight
In the Luseitch book on Tigers 2009 Season, he mentions that Tigers disdain for Sergio stemmed from a long ago scene where he witnessed Sergio rooting for a player to miss a putt (in locker room, after they had finished). Very revealing about both of them, at least at the time it occurred. Fortunately, people can and sometimes even actually grow, and it seems Sergio has done so. Good on him.
04.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
...or Rose missed a couple putts, and then blocked a drive into the trees.

I think these "he really won because..." articles are mind numbing. Hogan said it best--"if you shoot the lowest score, on Sunday night they will give you the medal."
04.20.2017 | Unregistered Commenterczervik
@czervik +1

That's the list. Everything else is for writers.
04.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOriginal AG
In the movie playing in my head, Garcia's hard earned maturity and newfound love led to a better insight on the temporal hurdles one must face to win a competition.


Plus, Johnny Miller stated Garcia was ready to win his first major, so no surprise.
04.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt H.

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