Sergio Garcia shot 62 in the first round he ever played at the AT&T Byron Nelson back in 1999. In his first ever professional event in the United States, the Spaniard tied for third. His first win there came five years later.
And thanks to another win at the AT&T Byron Nelson last week, Garcia has tied Seve Ballesteros for the most PGA Tour wins by a Spanish-born player.
All Garcia needed was a par on the first playoff hole to beat Brooks Koepka on Sunday for his ninth career PGA Tour win. He proceeded to hold the trophy, and shared a moment with late golfer Byron Nelson’s widow.
“I just said thanks for everything, that it was great to see her again,” Garcia said. “It’s been a very emotional week and obviously Peggy finished it off by making me cry, which I didn’t think I was going to do.”
The 36-year-old won despite four bogeys, and finding the water twice on the back nine, for a 2-under 68 on the day, 15-under 265 for the round. He was playing two groups in front of the final pairing of local favorite Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, who made a bogey on Nos. 15 and 16 and missed a birdie opportunity at 18.
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