Garcia wins first major in dramatic playoff

He turned professional but initially struggled, missing 21 consecutive cuts and losing his European Tour card in 2000.

Rose reached the top with a run of five birdies over his last seven holes. Instead, Spieth opened with bogeys on two of his first three holes.

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.

In 2007, Garcia led by three going into the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie.

"You know, good for Sergio", Rose said, when asked what he thought about the gallery's surprising Sergio support.

How could it not?

"Sergio is obviously the best player not to have won a major no longer", Rose said. He was set to join Danny Willett and Nick Faldo as the only players from England to win the Masters, while giving the country two green jackets in a row.

Handed a second opportunity, Garcia was not in the mood to turn it down and he soon stood on the final green again, 12 feet from the hole, with the luxury of knowing two putts would be enough to end his wait.

He had a shot, hitting his approach to about 14 feet.

A heroic par save on 13 gave Garcia a significant lift, particularly as his rival missed a presentable chance to make birdie and move three clear. And the game was still on.

"The positive thing is I still feel I have so much room for improvement".

Garcia overcame a two-shot deficit with six holes to play in the final round - with a stunning eagle on the par 5 15th key to his comeback. I felt great. I felt in control. Let's try to make a great five here and see if we can put a hell of a finish to have a chance. Of course I could. Fowler is one shot off the lead, while Spieth is part of a group at 4 under. I really stepped up.

QUOTEWORTHY: "I felt a calmness that I never felt on a major Sunday".

Garcia, 37, transformed before our very eyes Sunday, making the improbable journey from villain to hero with every step in his final-round odyssey. Sergio and Justin played great golf. But it's not always that easy.

"It's been such a long time coming", Garcia said in Butler Cabin, still anxiously clutching his hands as he awaited the most coveted piece of haberdashery in sports to be draped around his shoulders.

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The Masters' biggest leaderboard logjam in 44 years could begin to get sorted out now that the four co-leaders have teed off. Frontrunner for the tournament, Dustin Johnson withdrew from the contest before the first round after suffering injuries that resulted from falling down the stairs earlier in the week. "I loved it out there". (CBS's 18th fairway operator is Bruce Levitt - give that man a raise!) Particularly fantastic was a shot of Garcia's fiancée standing as he hit the shot, and then in sync, falling to her knees when Garcia went to his. Garcia quickly took a two-stroke lead with birdies on Nos.

Spain's Sergio Garcia has won the Masters, beating Englishman Justin Rose in a playoff to claim his first major championship golf title.

If Saturday is moving day at the Masters, Jordan Spieth is moving in the right direction.

It was, and a shame one golfer had to lose.

I didn't feel one nerve out there. "Sometimes the rub of the green is for you and sometimes it isn't. But they were all good swings and I was proud of them".

"For me, golf is about April to September". "I don't know if that has anything to do with me or not, but he is in a good place".

  • Julie Sanders