Sergio still buzzing over his Masters title ahead of Players

Rory Mc Ilroy was happy his pal Sergio won the green jacket

But on the practice range at TPC Sawgrass, the excitement surrounding Garcia's first major championship win remained palpable.

"It has been a fabulous few weeks and the reception I have received has just been unbelievable and also just seeing the reaction from people seeing me in the Masters green jacket", he said.

"I think the way I reacted to everything that was happening to me, I think that's one of the most important things to me", he said. Why, just four years ago, the Players' Stadium Course was the setting for a combative Sergio vs. Tiger Woods feud, and you all remember whom the fans wanted to win that one. "But what has meant the most has been the reaction from the players, how happy they have all been for me". He was trying to apologize for something he said on Sunday, and I was like, it's fine.

Garcia is playing in his 18th consecutive Players Championship, where he won in 2008, lost in a playoff in 2015 and has three other top-5 finishes. "I'm not going to lie, I would have loved to win one of them earlier".

The ride's most memorable stop came last month in Madrid, where he was invited - clad in his green jacket - to participate in the ceremonial kickoff for the "El Clasico" match between Spanish rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in front of 90,000 fans chanting his name.

The golf star has had some of his best and worst moments of his career at The Players Championship.

"It nearly feels like they wanted me to win it more than I did, " he said. "On 15 when I made that eagle putt and I heard them roar, those things are priceless and you can't buy that".

"It's one of those places that kind of frustrates you to death and it frustrates me every time I walk on the property", admitted McGirt, whose previous best finish in the event is a tie for 43rd. He became the favorite on the back nine at the Masters this year and the outpouring of support since winning his first major surprised him. "I think at the end of the day, we both respect each other". "I'm sure a lot of things will go through my mind about that week, but it's a great thing to have".

The 37-year-old Spaniard still could feel it Wednesday on the eve of The Players Championship.

"It was either retire or keep going", he said with a laugh.

Sergio Garcia will reluctantly take the green jacket off and return to the PGA Tour this week.

"It's not over", he said.

"I know that will be hard for a few days as everyone already has been congratulating me and that is very nice". There's still many more things we can achieve. But, as it so often does in life, when one inquiry is taken care of, more follow suit. "But we're not done here".

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