Spain's Garcia wins The Masters, his first major golf title

Stenson ended up shooting 20-under-par, the lowest 72-hole score in a major championship.

However, Rose later failed at the first hole of the tiebreaker, where Sergio Garcia finished with a birdie, achieving his first green jacket of victory. They both parred No. 18, sending them into the sudden-death playoff. "It's been an fantastic week, and I'll enjoy it for the rest of my life".

"It was nice to see those guys out there battling and battling hard. He deserves it", Rose said. He was also looking forward to more attempts to win the Masters. The pain is part of it; always has been and always will be. Obviously, this is something I wanted to do for a long time, but it never felt like a horror movie. But of the four traditional majors, he's come up just short several times. Not in this Masters, where he shot 71-69-70-69.

"Sergio holed from eight feet for par, and I had about five, six feet for birdie".

Garcia had to take a penalty shot there, but managed to save par.

He hit wedge to 7 feet and escaped with par.

For me, the ultimate sporting event is the Masters, which I had the privilege of covering again for the past week, keeping an eye on Utah's Daniel Summerhays as he played in his first Masters. "I hit it where I wanted".

In the playoff, Rose pushed his drive right into the trees. "I have always believed in you", said Olazabal, the parrot-nosed victor in 1994 and 1999.

Rose walked towards the new champion, congratulating him after the sensational duel.

But then he faced a 6-foot putt for pat on the 17th.

Both players hit superb tee shots into the 16th but although Rose was further away, he had the easier uphill putt and duly converted from seven feet. That little two-shot swing there was kind of when he was back in the tournament.

"I was interested and surprised nobody was able to make a run on the front nine", Rose said. I saw it in the team-room at the last Ryder Cup.

Rose bogeyed. Garcia birdied. "But it's happened", Garcia said with a big smile.

"I am really happy for Sergio".

Rose will have to wait for another year to try to add a Masters title to his 2013 U.S. Open and 2016 Olympic gold medal. "I knew I would have a putt for four and get out of there". "I just want to win here".

"I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me".

And around the United Kingdom, television viewers stayed up past midnight to watch a gripping two-horse race, unsure whether to support the British golfer involved.

With positive memories from his first major title here two years ago and picture-perfect conditions, Spieth was eager to embrace the challenge of moving up the leaderboard. So I was very comfortable with my read.

It was an emotional moment as Garcia finally lifted the major that he has been fighting for over the years. I knew I was playing well.

- "Lot of great years in me" -More than his shotmaking, Garcia said, it was a change in attitude and determination he could win despite setbacks, like bogeys at 10 and 11 to fall two shots back, that brought him the greatest pride.

  • Zachary Reyes