Sergio Garcia holds off Justin Rose to win Masters

Although Spieth has a victory and two second-place finishes in his previous Masters appearances, he's not handled the par-3 12th well in the final round of any of them.

What changed this year is that Garcia caught some breaks and finally had the maturity to acknowledge that's how it's been all along - the good AND the bad.

But he came to peace with the course this week.

"I was looking for something special today and it wasn't even close in all areas", Australia's Scott told reporters.

I marveled at the ability to compartmentalize memories that are at best abjectly miserable.

Garcia is the third Spaniard to win the Masters after Ballesteros, who won in 1980 and 1983, and Jose Maria Olazabal, who triumphed in 1994 and 1999.

"It's nice for him now to have that monkey off his back and I was very pleased for him". It made him a Masters champion.

Rose, 36, the Olympic champion and victor of the 2013 US Open, was bidding to become the second consecutive Englishman to win after Danny Willett's triumph past year and the first European to win a US Open and a Masters in his career.

The pair finished nine under after 72 holes, three shots clear off South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 champion. And the most succinct synopsis came in Rose's words after the tournament was over. Garcia quickly pulled ahead by three shots, thanks to his pair of birdies and a bogey by Rose, but his playing partner erased that deficit before the turn with three straight birdies. "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this golf tournament". The poor shot led to a double-bogey, which derailed any chance he had at making a run.

Garcia got a stroke back with a brilliant birdie on the par-4 14th and poured in a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th when his approach landed a foot from the hole and clipped the flagstick. Rose ended up bogeying the hole, while Garcia notched a birdie.

Garcia has garnered a reputation as one of the greatest golfers to never win a major.

KEY MOMENT: After back-to-back bogeys to start the back nine, Garcia was two strokes behind and in big trouble when he drove under an azalea bush at the par-5 13th hole, forcing him to take a one-stroke penalty.

On the first play-off hole, Rose sent his drive into the trees before punching his ball back onto the fairway and missing a 15ft putt for par.

Jordan Spieth saves par on the 17th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

Fowler is one shot off the lead, while Spieth is part of a group at 4 under.

"One of those days, I shot 75", Spieth said, "but boy it felt real ly good".

Rose had taken command on holes 6-11. Faltering on the final two holes - No. 18 in regulation and in a playoff - Rose opened the door twice for Garcia.

Now, all Rose could do was watch as Sergio Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie to finish off a dramatic duel at Augusta National. Padraig Harrington won both titles.

"I'm disappointed. I'm really happy for Sergio, obviously I'd love to be wearing the green jacket but if it wasn't me I'm glad it's him", Rose told the BBC. It created a match play scenario that had Augusta National abuzz.

Garcia, no 11 in the world, bogeyed on the par four 10th and again on the 11th. Garcia was unable to capitalize the first time.

  • Julie Sanders