Emotional Garcia reveals Covid-19 toll on family as he celebrates comeback win

Sergio Garcia dedicated his victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday to his loved ones as he revealed the coronavirus had taken a devastating toll on his family.

A closing 67 in Mississippi saw the Spaniard finish one stroke clear of Peter Malnati, who had set a challenging clubhouse target thanks to a scintillating 63 earlier in the day.

For Garcia, who has struggled with form in recent years despite one or two bright spots on the European Tour, the victory has been a long time coming.

“It’s pretty sweet. There’s no doubt,” he said.

“I was fortunate enough to win a couple times in Europe, so Azalea [Garcia’s daughter] could see it, but not Enzo [Garcia’s son].

“But now both Azalea and Enzo can see me win in the US, which is amazing. I don’t know if Enzo will recall it.

“But it’s great, obviously a lot of hard work, my whole family, Angela, Azalea, Enzo, my family in Spain. Everyone around, it’s been tough. I lost two uncles to Covid, so it’s been tough on my dad.

“This one was for them,” the Spaniard added as he fought back tears.

Garcia recorded just one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour last season as he dropped outside the world’s top 50.

Asked how he turned things around, he said: “Keep believing. Keep working hard. Keep your mind right. My whole team has been behind me trying to help me in anyway they can.

“I’ve also been able to find a couple things here and there that obviously have helped.

“It feels great to stand there on 18 to rip a nice draw and hit an 8-iron and make a putt.”