Garcia Wins Masters In A Playoff

He overcame a two-shot deficit against Justin Rose and won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th green to win the Masters golf tournament after a playoff Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

It is the first major championship for the Spaniard, and it comes on a special day: Sunday would have been the 60th birthday of the late Seve Ballesteros, a two-time Masters champion. Before carding a 5 on No. 17, Rose had made just one bogey over his previous 28 holes.

Garcia needed only one as he drained the 12-foot birdie putt, winning his first major title at his 74th attempt.

A gripping tussle between Rose and Garcia on Sunday saw both men shoot 69 for their final round and finish nine-under in regulation.

Both hit stellar approach shots to within 10 feet of the hole but neither could clinch the deal, with Garcia missing from only six feet.

After the final pairing of Garcia and Englishman Justin Rose saw other competitors drop down the leader board, it turned into a match play duel between Garcia and Rose.

"Then obviously in the playoff, I had virtually the same line and maybe the speed was slightly less but it broke across the hole".

"I think you take a little bit of all those things, past victories or past Masters", Moore said. Rose bogeyed. Garcia birdied.

"I take confidence that I've put four great rounds together here in the past here, too", Rose said.

The idea of lengthening the course, dubbed "Tiger-proofing", certainly made it harder for Woods, who has only won two Masters since the changes, and none since 2005.

Both players returned to the 18th tee where Rose found the trees on the right, only for his ball to squirm out in a stroke of fortune, while Garcia found the middle of the fairway. I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor.

Spieth went a year having to answer question after question about last year's Masters collapse, which was highlighted by his quadruple-bogey 7 at No. 12.

McIlroy, who started the third round just five shots out of the lead, fired off two quick birdies and a good par save on the par-3 fourth.

Asked whether or not he felt like he let it slip away on the back nine, he said: "Yeah, I would say this one probably is one that slipped by, for sure". There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments.

Spieth referenced his meltdown previous year when a quadruple bogey on No. 12 cost him the lead and the tournament when he said, "I know anything can happen".

  • Larry Hoffman