Even after nearly two decades as a professional, Sergio Garcia hasn’t tired of giving his supporters an unforgettable experience.
Mark Johnson is an English mailman who happens to be a huge fan of Garcia. Last year, he got the idea to lobby the Spanish golf superstar for a chance to caddie at one of his tournaments, and the Peterborough native took the idea to an extreme, tweeting his request at Garcia every day for 206 days.
While some golfers might have ignored or even blocked Johnson’s account (which has since been set to private), Garcia eventually relented. In January, he accepted Johnson’s request with these tweets:
not today, don’t worry!! Haha. It’s going to be the Wednesday, Pro-am day of the British Masters, OK?
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) January 28, 2017
Johnson’s big day finally came earlier this week at Close House Golf Club, the site of this year’s British Masters. The duo got off to a fast start in the Wednesday pro-am, but the first-time caddie couldn’t keep it up for the entire day.
“He got off to a birdie start so I’ll take responsibility for that,” Johnson said, according to the BBC. “But then I dropped his bag.”
Garcia was pleased to provide the experience to a huge golf fan like Johnson. While many golfers might have bristled at the barrage of tweets, the reigning Masters champion was gracious and accommodating, a far cry from his longtime public image as a bitter, temperamental player.
“He was relentless,” Garcia said jokingly. “He was great today. We had a good time.”
Johnson isn’t sure when his next caddying gig will come, but regardless of how he fared on the course, it’s safe to say that he’s a bigger fan of Garcia than ever before.
“The highlight was just meeting him. He’s just a good lad,” he said. “I told him now to go and win the competition.”
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