Sergio finally learns how to make his own breaks
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 11:15
"I mean, I can't pick holes in my performance". "It's a contrary little putt, I feel".
"I think the problem is, because where my head was at sometimes, I did think about, am I ever going to win one?" "Barring a great comeback from Sergio, it was mine to cruise to the house".
Rose had led by two shots after the 13th, a hole where he missed a great chance for birdie.
The Spaniard, who had not won a major in 73 attempts, picked up a birdie at the first extra hole following a sensational dual with his good friend and Ryder Cup team-mate. That included his near-miss at Medinah and his runner-up finish in The Open Championship in 2007, when he missed an 8-footer on the final hole at Carnoustie and eventually lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff. On the par-3 12th, where his quadruple bogey doomed him a year ago, Spieth on Saturday saved par from behind the green, near the played-out azaleas, requiring a 10-foot putt to do so.
"That two-shot swing was when he was back in the tournament", Rose said.
"She's doing really well", said Ellie, although she has not been well enough to come to Augusta to watch Queenslander Day, now based in Dublin, Ohio, play in his seventh Masters.
Garcia pushed a short birdie putt right on the par-three 16th after Rose had holed his to open a one-shot lead, only for the Englishman to bogey the 17th.
Among the biggest was the play of American duo Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth on the final day after the pair began within touching distance of the lead but faltered with scores of 76 and 75 respectively. When Garcia two-putted for par, they were tied going to the final hole. "You know, we fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this golf tournament, and no matter what happens at the end, we will have a chance to win with a really good round tomorrow".
Throughout his career, Garcia struggled to live up to lofty expectations laid upon his 19-year-old shoulders when he turned professional in 1999.
Sergio Garcia had always been his harshest critic, once saying he was not good enough to win a major, but on Sunday he buried decades of heartbreak and meltdowns by clinching a stirring win at the U.S. Masters. And being calm and not letting things get to me that I've done in the past. Hopefully, people remember it fondly. Indeed, if men's golf put out a calendar, you'd find a good part of Sunday's central characters posed somewhere within the spring and summer months.
Day has three top 10 finishes in six previous Masters appearances.
His eagle on 15 was almost a double eagle when his second shot came within an inch or two of the hole. That's where you'll find 2013 U.S. Open champion and Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose. "Often he feels like he's not supported the way he would like to be here in America, and it was encouraging to see the crowd get behind him", Rose said.
"Yeah, I don't think I helped him whatsoever on the round". And they probably were pulling for him to pull through on this occasion. "It felt like a little bit of a drama maybe, but obviously with a happy ending".
There was never a charge from the pack - 5 under 67s by Kuchar and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama were the low rounds - which allowed Rose and Garcia to focus on each other and the difficulty of the golf course.
Garcia repeatedly said the par save on No. 13 was crucial to pulling out the Masters championship.
"I'm a major champion, but I'm looking for more", Rose said.
"I take a lot of confidence from the fact that I played in the final group with Jordan in 2015 and played well. It was nice to be able to battle it out with him".