Sergio Garcia’s back at Augusta as a Masters champ and enjoying every minute

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Sergio Garcia peeled back the blanket and leaned over for another peek at his 3-week-old daughter, sound asleep against her mother’s chest.

As his wife chatted with friends, he walked back over to take a purse that dangled from her arm, and then a shopping bag at her feet.

He was much a doting father and husband as he was the Masters champion, and that was only fitting Sunday.

The mood is light the day before Masters week officially begins. It feels more like a day of family and celebration, enhanced by the 60 children moving out from the driving range to the chipping area to the 18th green for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition that has become a tradition since it began five years ago.

Garcia was a big part of that, too.

He became the first defending champion to attend the reception Saturday night.

One girl was asked for her best Garcia impersonation from his victory last year, and she crouched, clenched her fists and pumped both arms. According to those in attendance, Garcia came on stage and showed the real thing.

Garcia later went out for a practice round with his father, Victor, but not before a big Spanish celebration.