Garcia, a lifelong Real Madrid fan, said being introduced to the crowd at the Bernabeu had been the highlight of his break. "I've been very fortunate to have fantastic cheers, 15,000, 20,000 people chanting my name at Augusta, Ryder Cups, British Open and it's unbelievable".
Rory McIlroy watched the finish on the television in his rented home down the road from Augusta National and screamed for Garcia.
"It was a solid 52-degree (wedge) for me", Garcia told reporters after carding a one-over 73 that left him six strokes off the lead.
Garcia faces another major moment this summer.
"I'm not going to lie, it wasn't a great day out there", he said. "That was very unique and something that - with many things that happened at Augusta - that I will never forget".
"It is tricky, it's not easy, it's probably one of the hardest 125- or 140-yard shots that we get all year", Garcia said of the island green. "I'm excited about it".
"It's one of those places that kind of frustrates you to death and it frustrates me every time I walk on the property", admitted McGirt, whose previous best finish in the event is a tie for 43rd. "I'm sure a lot of things will go through my mind about that week and stuff, but it's a great thing to have". "There are so many important things you can do to feel like you are improving".
One can not spell perseverance without "Seve" and it added to the epic aspect of Garcia's triumph that it came on what would have been the 60th birthday of Seve Ballesteros, the Spanish legend who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54.
The long-hitting American had won three consecutive starts prior to a freak accident that forced him to withdraw from last month's Masters but showed no ill effects from the back injury by finishing runner-up in his return last week. "I love the golf course, and if I manage to play well, I should have a chance on Sunday".
It's a tiny change, and a most appropriate one.
Click on the video above to see Garcia's fantastic ace, the Spaniard becoming only the eighth man to sink their tee shot on 17 at TPC Sawgrass, following in the footsteps of Willy Wilcox who achieved the feat past year. You know, the support from fans and supporters and everyone around the world has been unbelievable. "I think that at the end of the day that people see that, and now they're even happier because, yeah, we won at Augusta".
Now that he has a major under his belt, will Garcia be able to reel off several more the way Phil Mickelson, who didn't win his first (also at the Masters) until age 33 and now owns five? He showed a lot of rust on the front nine, putting in particular.