Pro golfer Sergio Garcia won the Masters Tournament on Sunday, defeating Justin Rose in a playoff that saw one of the sport’s biggest stars finally win his first major championship. The crowd at Augusta chanted his name in celebratory fashion, as the golfer celebrated with his fiancee, Angela Akins.
After his victory, he told reporters that he took to heart a specific piece of advice from Akins: “Don’t forget to be amazing.”
Garcia, 37, and Akins, a college golf star turned reporter for The Golf Channel, announced their engagement in January, and are planning a wedding in her native Texas mid-July – one week before the British Open.
When asked by reporters if he might wear his Green Jacket – professional golf’s most storied prize, awarded to the winner of the Masters every year – to his wedding, he admitted it had already been talked about and said, “It’s a big possibility.” Winners can wear their jackets anywhere in public for the year they are the champion, but this appears to be the first time a golfer would have the chance to wear one to his own wedding.
Garcia has previously credited Akins’ family with providing a positive, confidence-building influence to his game, while Akins father Marty – the son of legendary Texas high school football coach Ray Akins, a family connection that makes Akins a cousin of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees – thinks it’s down to his daughter.
“He was a great player before he met Angela,” he said. “I think he’s an even greater player now that they’re together. I do think she’s good for him.”