With new attitude, Garcia finds success on course
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. – Over the last year and a half, Jorge Garcia has changed his attitude for the better. With his adjustment, his game has subsequently followed suit.
With his finish last week – T-10 at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley – Garcia becomes the third player in tournament history to record back-to-back top 10s in the event's four-year history. He joins the likes of Robby Shelton in 2012-13 and Matt NeSmith in 2011-12.
“It actually means a lot to me that I keep finding away to find a top 10 even though I’m not playing my best golf,” Garcia said. “So I know I’m steady and I always look for that and that helps me out when I’m not feeling it or I’m playing bad because somehow I can end up finishing well.
“That’s how my golf game is. My golf game is all about balance. I’m not really good at one specific thing. One day I’m on my ball striking, or one day it might be my putting.”
In 2013, Garcia played in 22 individual events and carded 19 top-10 finishes. So far in 2014, he has three top 10s, including a victory at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook.
So when Sean Foley – swing coach to Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan to name a few – was the guest speaker at the Junior Invitational’s Nike Night on April 25 and he spoke about attitude, Garcia found that refreshing and knew he was on the right track to success.
“I’m glad he (Foley) mentioned it because that’s one of the things I look at in the same perspective as he does,” Garcia said, who is No. 9 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
Another thing Foley said: “The only thing you have control over is yourself.”
“I’ve actually tried to keep myself in a positive mindset even when things don’t go right and the odds are against you,” he said.
“I feel that is one of the biggest reasons for my success.”