Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors
- Author: Stacy Allen Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 5:17
"He was playing extremely well", Garcia said.
"It's always nice to be a part of history", Rose said. After 73 starts in major tournaments, Sergio entered his 74th Major as one of the favorites to win it all at 4-1.
Garcia himself had said, in a moment of self-pity, that he didn't have what it takes to win a major. Jose sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me, and what I needed to do.
"When I came here in '99 as an amateur I felt that this course was probably going to give me at least one Major", he said.
"I was driving up with the family so we got here and watched from about the 14th in", Graeme McDowell said on Monday at the RBC Heritage.
The penultimate pairing of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler had the star power, but the final twosome of Garcia and Rose had the staying power. I'm going to be disappointed for about a month and then golf's going to take over and I'm going to carry on.
Garcia and Rose began the final round tied for the lead before carding 3-under 69s to finish at minus-9. South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters victor, was third on 282 with American Matt Kuchar and Belgian Thomas Pieters sharing fourth on 283.
On what would have been the 60th birthday of two-time champion Seve Ballesteros, Garcia became the third Spanish victor at Augusta National with a birdie on the first extra hole following a sensational duel with his Ryder Cup team-mate. He also won in 1983.
The last time a Masters champ had a back-nine eagle on Sunday was Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994.
Sergio Garcia tugged the lapel of his green jacket with both hands, proud of his prize and how he earned it. When the event concludes on Sunday, the victor is presented with the jacket from the previous year's victor.
After relaying that story during his news conference, Garcia asked that Augusta National make this come true. This made it look like it was his time to win his first major.
Rose, who hit 3-under on Sunday, ended up in the pine straw after his tee shot in the playoff. He turned with his arms to his side, blew a kiss to the crowd and then crouched again and slammed his fist into the turf of the green. I felt great. I felt in control.
Rose, meanwhile, paid tribute to his friend following his playoff defeat: "I'm disappointed but I don't know quote how I feel", he told BBC Sport.
The players returned to the 18th for a sudden-death play-off and Rose was unable to save par after pushing his drive into the trees, but Garcia fittingly finished the day in style by holing from 12 feet for birdie.
"It's going to sting for sure", he said. Sergio and Justin played great golf.
The Englishman for his second shot could only punch his ball onto the fairway and the Spaniard put his ball 12 feet from the hole. And then to play the two shots he did on the play-off hole, they were struck perfectly. After opening with that 75, which included an ugly quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole Thursday, Spieth made only three bogeys the next 36 holes to shot 69-68 and close in on the leaders.