It is part of a technique change the Spaniard has adopted to try to improve his putting.
“Sometimes I feel like I have it under control and I’m like: ‘Well let’s go back to like I practice normal’ and it feels good. But when it comes down to the tournament, it just doesn’t feel quite the same so I would say I putt with my eyes closed 75% of the time.”
The birdie on the final hole gave Garcia the one-shot victory at the Country Club of Jackson over American Peter Malnati, who came from five shots behind after carding a career-best 63.
It was Garcia’s first PGA Tour victory since becoming a father to his two children — he has won on the European Tour — but upon his return to the top of the leaderboard, Garcia’s thoughts turned to the family members he has lost during the coronavirus pandemic.
“You know, it’s sad. It’s sad. And I know that a lot of families have lost a lot more people, but you never want to lose anyone like that, and I wanted to win this for them.”
Garcia has struggled for form since his last victory in golf, which came at the KLM Open last year. He had only one top 10 finish since golf resumed in June and he missed the cut in three of his four tournaments coming into the Sanderson Farms Championship.
But his unusual putting technique gave him the 11th PGA Tour of his career. Garcia now has won at least once worldwide in each of his last 10 years, a streak he shares with Justin Rose.
“I obviously hit a bad putt on six for par, but I stuck with it, I kept going, I kept believing, I kept telling myself you’re doing great, just keep doing what you’re doing, it’s great. You’re not going to make every single putt.”