Every year we can count on the ESPYs to bring together the best athletes in the world for us to gawk over and praise. Those who show off their finest threads are nominated for one of the 57 categories, which range from best action sport athlete to the best upset.
Golf is no stranger when it comes to housing award winners, as Tiger Woods is the most-honored ESPY recipient with 21 awards. This year, two players received their first ESPY for best male and female golfer. Sergio Garcia took home the award for the men, and Ariya Jutanugarn for the women.
Both were up against some tough competition — including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Lexi Thompson, and Lydia Ko — but after the year these two had, there’s no question why they took home the honor.
Garcia proudly wears the green jacket he earned at Augusta this year any chance he gets. He joined Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as the only other Spanish Masters champion after defeating Justin Rose in the first playoff hole.
He sits at No. 5 in the world rankings, and has one other win and a runner up finish under his belt. Garcia found success on the European Tour after winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in May and just last month he finished tied for second place at the BMW International Open.
Huge honor to be chosen as best male golfer at the ESPYS! Thank you everyone who voted for me to help me get this prestigious award. #ESPYS
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) July 13, 2017
Jutanugarn has also been having a very successful year. She made it to the top of the Rolex Rankings thanks to a win at the Manulife LPGA Classic a month ago and eight other top-10 finishes. She sits at No. 2 in the world, and is currently tied for 30th place after day one at the U.S. Women’s Open.
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 13, 2017
Garcia is gearing up for the Open Championship next weekend at Royal Birkdale.