In his favorite field, that House patio what Valderrama is for him, Sergio García has taken another step in the path of the reconstruction that has taken place in this last part of the year. With his victory on Monday at the Andalusian Masters (with 12 shots under par, four ahead of Shane Lowry), the Castellón not only has an unprecedented triplet: three wins in the last three disputed editions of this tournament, in 2011, 2017 and 2018. On the other hand, he strengthens that recovery in his game and also the spirit that emerged after not qualifying for the first time in his career for the playoffs of the FedEX Cup, and to which it gave shape in the Ryder Cup as a solid piece in the victory of Europe and as the top scorer (25.5 points) in the long history of the match against the United States.
In a field of Valderrama hit by heavy rains, which have forced to end on Monday and 54 holes, Sergio Garcia has let out his best golf, especially in a day on Saturday in which he added seven birdies and no failure to leave the competition almost sentenced. His authority in a field he walks by memory has barely had a response among the participants. His game has flowed, without a trace of impotence gestures that have worn a two-faced course. From the opening victory in Singapore to the Augusta disaster and the failed cut in the big four of the year for the first time in its service sheet. The redemption arrived with capital letters in the Ryder and has continued in Valderrama. El Niño has made a clean slate after focusing on the press as part of its ills and pointing out that in Spain it feels less recognized and valued than abroad.
Garcia has illuminated a tournament diminished by the problem of bad weather (the public this Monday entered free with the entrance of Sunday) and by some absences of weight that lowered the poster, especially those of Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello (the Canary finished third on Sunday in South Korea), both more seduced by the huge prize pool that distributes next week Shanghai (8.6 million euros) than by the romanticism of playing at home (two million to be distributed) for the second time in the year, after the National Open in April. El Niño, whose Foundation supports the Andalusian Masters, has been the master and mistress of Valderrama. The triumph is the best medicine to finish healing the wounds and focus the final part of the year with the ghosts away and the batteries recharged.
For whom Valderrama also supposes a rush is for Gonzalo Fernández Castaño. The Madrid golfer has been fifth, with four under par, to eight of the leader.