Sergio Garcia tees off on Hole 8 at the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club Wednesday March 23, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Coincidence? Sergio Garcia wins his first major the same year he’s set to marry a Longhorn

Posted April 9th, 2017

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Sergio Garcia put a ring on it, and now he’s wearing a green jacket. Coincidence? Maybe, but it’s pretty cool to think that the 37-year-old Spaniard is finally a major champion the same year he is set to marry into a legendary Texas football family.

So wipe off those Jordan Spieth tears, because a Longhorn won The Masters after all.

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Who is this lovely lady, you ask? None other than former Texas golfer Angela Akins, who is the daughter of All-American Texas quarterback Marty Akins. Akins is also the granddaughter of legendary high school coach Ray Akins and is cousins with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

The couple announced their engagement back in January.

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Sergio Garcia and fiancee Angela Akins

There were several clues before then, as the couple has been spotted around Austin several times and Garcia tweeted congratulations to the Texas football team after its win over Baylor last October.

The happy couple ventured down Magnolia Lane together earlier this week, and sure enough Garcia finally got the monkey off his back. The CBS broadcast showed several clips of Akins anxiously watching her fiancé, and she greeted Garcia on the green after his win became official.

They even got the slow-mo kiss treatment on replays of Garcia’s winning putt.

Naturally, Garcia’s first major did not come without some drama. He has long been considered the best active professional golfer never to win a major, with 30 professional wins and a high profile since his early days dueling with Tiger Woods.

He finally ended the curse Sunday, holding off Justin Rose of England in a playoff at Augusta National.

Prior to Sunday, Garcia’s best finish at The Masters was a tie for fourth in 2004. He has four runner-up finishes at major championships, the last one coming at the 2014 British Open.

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