Garcia rules out getting married in Masters Jacket
(Ponte Vedre, FL:) New Masters champion Sergio Garcia has ruled out getting married later next month in his Augusta National members green jacket.
As much as the Spaniard would love to marry Angele Akins wearing the famed greenjacket he has now had cold feet and indicated his wedding day later next month in Austin, Texas is more deserving wearing normal attire.
Danny Willett presents Sergio Garcia with the 2017 Masters Green Jacket (Credit: Golfbytourmiss)
“No, I don’t think I will be wearing the Masters jacket”, said Garcia.
“The jacket is very special, but our wedding is its own special part of our lives. It wouldn’t be the right way to go there. So I will be wearing just a normal suit.”
However, in the month or so since Garcia was fitted with a Masters green jacket the Spaniard has hardly been out of the jacket.
He wore it first to New York City and then to Crans-Montana in Switzerland where he owns a chalet while he had the green jacket on when he stepped onto the pitch in a football game between Real Madrid and Barcelcona.
And there were also emotional scenes when he visited his home club in Castellon, Spain and saw the reaction from the members of the club where he first began playing golf.
Among those at Garcia’s wedding will be good friend and fellow Major Champion, Rory McIlroy who has agreed to be a groomsman despite just being married himself on April 22nd.
“I am looking forward to being a groomsman even though it going to be pretty hot in Austin, so it should be nice,” he said smiling.
“No seriously, Erica and I are looking forward to being in attendance and I feel very honoured Sergio asked me.”
McIlroy caught up with Garcia on Tuesday at the TPC Sawgrass practice range and venue for this week’s $10.5m Players Championship where both players were returning to competition for the first occasion since the Masters.
“I just gave Sergio a big bear hug when I saw him today,” said McIlroy.
“I had rushed home to the house we had in Augusta to watch the final few holes on TV after I’d finished – I don’t know what speed I was doing, but it was just such a great climax to the tournament.”
“I cried when Sergio won the Masters. Though Justin is a good friend of mine, after all that Sergio has been through in the Majors, it was just such a special moment.”
“And look, I have got goose bumps talking about it now.”