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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 195
SERGIO GARCIA SEVE BALLESTEROS IN THE spirit of Seve, Garcia has always had a knack for making the seemingly impossible happen. At the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah, he found his ball nestled against a red oak tree beside the 16th fairway. With little regard for his safety, but with the chance to win his first major, the 19-year-old blasted a six-iron for the ages. The vision of Garcia sprinting up the fairway to check his ball’s fate is one of the lasting images of that event. ANYTHING you can do, I can do better. Not to be outdone by Ballesteros’ shot from his knees through the trees some years earlier, Garcia proved his ingenuity – and climbing skills – by hoisting himself up into a tree to hit a ball that became lodged there during the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Not only did he hit the ball with just one hand on his club, he did it facing backwards, yet still managed to find the fairway. GARCIA has always had a love-hate relationship with his equipment, though blaming his shoe for a sprayed shot at the 1999 World Matchplay Championship was beyond crazy. Garcia’s foot slipped at impact, causing the wayward drive, so he hurled his footwear into the crowd. When it was then thrown back to him, he kicked at it with his other shoe, narrowly missing the match referee. Suffice to say, he went on to lose. ONLY Seve could create a highlight when he’s not even hitting a shot. At the 1991 Volvo PGA Championship the Spaniard had taken things down to the wire at the 17th hole, and was feeling the pressure. But when a fan flinched as he prepared to hit his approach shot, he stepped away from the ball and offered the classic line: “Stay still, if you don’t mind. I know you are nervous, but I am, too.” GEOFF Ogilvy once said his first port of call when he made his debut at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s was to head straight to swale beside the 18th green where Ballesteros hit his famous chip to secure the 1988 Open Championship. Having flown the green, Ballesteros needed to chip closely to ensure Nick Price couldn't catch him. Unflustered, he played one of the great touch shots, kissing the edge of the cup and coming to rest only tap-in distance away, sealing one of his three Open titles. BALLESTEROS brought plenty of players and fans to their knees with his almost unrivalled array of shots, but for sheer skill it’s hard to go past his effort at the sixth hole at the 1997 Open de France, where he sunk to his knees in order to hit one of his woods between some trees. WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO
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