The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #81 Sergio Garcia’s Masters Win
The Greatest Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Sergio Garcia’s Masters Win
In an 18 year professional career, marked by four runner-up finishes, two of which were decided by playoffs, and years of criticism and personal struggle; Sergio Garcia finally won his first major at The Masters.
What was astounding about his win, wasn’t the years of heartbreak, or even the underdog story in itself, he was actually a favorite in most odds. It was the fact that Sergio Garcia never gave up, and not just in this tournament, but in his pursuit of a major championship.
Here is a quick snapshot of Sergio Garcia’s near Major Championship Wins:
- 1999 PGA Championship – finished second to Tiger Woods, but was made famous when he hit a miraculous blind shot with his eyes closed followed by a sprint and scissor kick to see where the ball had landed
- 2007 Open Championship – led after all three rounds, made bogey on 18 to eventually lose to Pádraig Harrington in a 4-hole playoff
- 2008 Tour Championship – after leading again in the final round, Pádraig Harrington came from behind to win by two, leaving Sergio Garcia in second again
- 2014 Open Championship – finished second to a red-hot Rory McIlroy
- 2017 Masters – won in a playoff over Justin Rose
Why was Sergio Garcia’s win at The Masters so important?
He proved two very important lessons for success: 1. You have to be in it for the long game, and 2. Never, ever give up.
Why you have to be in it for the long game
While life may seem “short” at times, we have an abundance of opportunity. No matter what your career may be, or what goals you have in life, there is actually a lot of time and ways to get there. Sergio Garcia has played in 73 Major PGA Tournaments and in 4 different times finished second.
There are two ways to look at this, either Sergio is cursed, or at some point, he is bound to win.
Phil Mickelson went through a similar criticism before he eventually won The Masters.
The fact of the matter is simple, the more times you put yourself in a position to win, the more likely you will succeed. For Sergio, he believed it was a matter of time, and at The 2017 Masters, he was right.
For you, regardless of your career, or business, you need to find ways to put yourself in the position to win. You won’t win all the time, and you’ll even lose some heartbreaking deals, but more often than not you will finish on top.
Why you should never, ever give up.
On the 13th hole at Augusta, Sergio Garcia hit his ball left of the creek into the trees. He was forced to take a drop and a penalty stroke. At that point in time, Justin Rose had a two-stroke lead, and by most odds, would likely be stretched to four-strokes after this hold.
Remarkably, Garcia made par and Rose three-putted for par. Garcia went on to birdie 14, and eagle 15. The momentum had switched.
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When you are patient and consistent, success is inevitable. The moment that you decide you are not worthy, or that the feat is impossible, you are right! When you grind, no matter the circumstances, eventually you will come out on top.
After 4 runner-up finishes, 37 major tournaments, and countless setbacks, Sergio Garcia finally won his major.
You too can win. The recipe is simple: be patient, consistent, and never give up, EVER!