Sergio Garcia could have potentially missed major tournament due to freak incident

Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club

Defending Masters champion Sergio Garcia admits that his fortune could have drastically changed had a freak incident happened while hunting just a week prior to his ultimate title triumph.

The Spaniard claimed that he nearly stepped on a rattlesnake whilst hunting on his father-in-law's ranch in Texas.

Garcia's wait for his first major trophy potentially could have been extended had the snake bitten him when he stepped unknowingly close to the venomous creature.

The defending champ said: "I would literally have put my foot probably three inches left of it.

"Obviously we were wearing snake boots and everything, but you never know. If I step on it and it bites me, maybe I’m not even playing in Augusta. So I guess it was just one of those things that was meant to be.”

His wife Angela claimed he showed much more composure on the greens of the course than on the ranch as she pulled out the gun to kill the snake before any harm was done.

His good luck on the ranch to not be bitten by the snake then turned into great fortune as he found victory in his first major tournament in a tense play-off against Englishmen Justin Rose.

“It was pretty funny to me that eight days after he almost stepped on that rattlesnake, he won the Masters,” said his American wife.

The Masters - Final Round

With that great story and historic win now under his belt, it remains to be seen by all fans what else the talented spaniard can produce on the golf course come next major tournament.

The 2018 Masters gets under this week, starting on April 5 and finishing on April 8.

Going into the week, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are the joint favourites, according to SkyBet, with both coming in at 9/1.

Garcia to retain his title comes in at 25/1.

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