Sergio Garcia beats Justin Rose in playoff to claim first Masters

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler were supposed to lead the American charge in the final round of the Masters but the US pair fluffed their lines while Sergio Garcia delivered a storybook ending to the first major of the year.

"It wasn't quite as adventurous as previous Masters have been for me", McIlroy said. "It's a lovely thing to have".

All credit to Garcia, as he took advantage of it and was a deserved victor.

On the first extra hole, Garcia made birdie while Rose had a bogey. Rose did it on the back nine Saturday, making birdie on five of the final seven holes and shooting the best round of the day (67).

As Day teed off a smattering of fans who watched did double takes to make sure it was actually Day on the course. "I have always believed in you", said Olazabal, the parrot-nosed victor in 1994 and 1999. I felt cool, calm and collected. He'll be paired with Rose, a friend, for the final 18 holes. Four times he was runner-up. Both finished the 72 regulation holes tied at nine-under par with a cumulative score of 279. "And if not, we'll shake Justin's hand and congratulate him for winning".

Or perhaps he was thinking of the 7-footer at the 17th, the one he just didn't hit hard enough, resulting in a bogey that sent him to the 72nd hole tied with Garcia. But his putt never had a chance and veered right from the hole. Both golfers brought home $484,000. Just behind them on the leader board will be the pairing of Rickie Fowler (5-under) and Jordan Spieth (4-under).

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Garcia was playing his 71st consecutive major at Augusta National, a streak stretching back to the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. "He deserves it", Rose said. I felt positive. I felt confident. Charl Schwartzel, who won here in 2011 with birdies on the final four holes, shot a 68 in the third round to move to 2 under and four shots behind.

"Because of where my head was at, sometimes I did think about whether I am ever going to win one". "I was like, 'Well, if that's what's supposed to happen, let it happen". Rose then missed a 15-foot rook and was content with a boguey. He made eagle on the par-5 15th to tie for the lead. Garcia would go on to lose in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. Although Garcia finished second, it was to be the beginning of a decades-long rivalry between the pair.

"It was a wonderful battle with Sergio", Rose said Sunday evening, "I just needed one or two putts coming in".

It marked the first Masters playoff since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera to become the first Australian to wear the Green Jacket in 2013.

Six-time victor Jack Nicklaus hailed Sergio Garcia's victory in the Masters as "sensational" but admitted he feared the Spaniard was facing more major misery.

Rose, victor at the US Open in 2013, and at the Rio Olympics last summer, took the lead with a birdie in the 16th, but he committed a bug in the 17th. "I felt a calmness I never felt on a major Sunday". On the Sunday morning drive to Augusta National, Garcia said nerves were at a minimum. He left a lasting mark on golf, and a huge legacy for Garcia to emulate. When he bogeyed Nos. Sergio looked like he was going to have a disaster at 13 and then gets out of it with par. When No. 13 began in the woods, he kept his composure.

"I thought how stupid I really was to fight against something you can't fight and how proud I was of accepting things", Garcia said.

"But I holed some good ones".

  • Julie Sanders