Wednesday 13 November 2019

Meet Sergio Garcia's former golfer fiancée - and the secret weapon behind his Masters win

Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Danny Willett of England presents Sergio Garcia of Spain with the green jacket after Garcia won in a playoff during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain kisses his fiancée Angela Akins after he won the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff against Justin Rose of England at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain holds hands with his fiancée Angela Akins after he won the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff against Justin Rose of England at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Christer Hoglund/TT
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia's first major win at the US Masters may have come as a surprise to many, but not his fiancée Angela Akins.

The former college golfer has been dating the 37-year-old for nearly two years and her influence on his performances was nearly immediately noticeable.

Garcia got down on bended knee just three months ago and there have plans to wed in July- a decision that has proven to serve him well both in his personal life as well as his professional career.

Akins has been described as a "calming influence" on the golfer, giving him the confidence to finally win his first major tournament after 73 attempts throughout his career, having come agonisingly close on many occasions.

Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Her father Marty Akins told the New York Post his daughter has made him "an even greater player" than he was before they met.

"I think she's been a good calming effect on him," he said.

Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

"He was a great player before he met Angela. I think he's an even greater player now that they're together. I do think she's good for him."

Akins attended the University of Texas and played for the college's golf team before moving into broadcast with reporting roles at the Golf Channel and Fox Sports Southwest.

Garcia previously said his fiancée's family are "very competitive" and he benefits from their constructive criticism as well as encouragement.

"Being surrounded by great people that are not afraid of telling you what's wrong with something when you do something wrong, that's something that I feel like I've always been very blessed with," he told Golf Digest

Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

"It definitely helps, there's no doubt about the background that the whole family has.

"Marty is a very, very positive, very, you know, outspoken and very, very confident kind of guy, and it definitely helps when he's encouraging you and things like that. Those things are nice to see."

Similarly, Irish golfer Padraig Harrington, who has a well-documented rivalry with Garcia, even credited Akins' support.

"I love to see the emotion in that - she knows what it means to him," he said of her reaction.

Sergio Garcia of Spain holds hands with his fiancée Angela Akins after he won the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff against Justin Rose of England at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Christer Hoglund/TT
Sergio Garcia of Spain holds hands with his fiancée Angela Akins after he won the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff against Justin Rose of England at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Christer Hoglund/TT

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