Masters 2017: Jordan Spieth finds water at par-3 12th hole... again

You saw the devastation on Justin Rose's face and he didn't take defeat lightly. And he doesn't want to leave himself out of the narrative for the final chapter.

Sergio Garcia ended almost two decades of major heartbreak when he beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US Masters golf title on Sunday on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.

This was Garcia's 74th major championship in his almost 20-year pro career, and he had not won the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA.

"I think it will be a tournament I will win one day", said Rose. "Rickie's going to be searching for his first major". "Barring a great comeback by Sergio it was mine to cruise to the house".

The 37-year-old has grown up since his days of major championship heartbreak and sometimes-petulant attitude. Open, 2013), but I'm looking for more and I'm certainly looking for my first Masters and my first green jacket. "Everyone has a story line".

The 36-year-old Rose and Garcia were co-leaders to start the fourth and final round Sunday at six-under-par, and both played the first nine holes at two-under-par.

Justin Rose is tied for the lead at the Masters. "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night whether those missed opportunities hurt my chances". "The course was in magnificent shape, and it was there for the taking in the sense that if you played great golf, you were rewarded, but still had enough teeth that if you weren't on your game, it was going to get you".

The most surprising round of the day came from Jordan Spieth.

"I am really happy for Sergio". But birdies on both back-nine par-5s gave him a 71 and a one-shot deficit.

The Spaniard's victory came almost 18 years after a runner-up finish to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship and 22 top-10 finishes in major tournaments without winning. "I didn't know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life", Spieth said.

"It was the most free that I've ever felt at Augusta National", he said.

"Dear friends, I introduce you to the Master champion in Augusta!".

I first saw Garcia, then a teenager, at the Ryder Cup outside of Boston in September of 1999, just after he had turned pro as the latest protégé of fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros.

Nothing irritated him more than the fifth hole.

He had a shot, hitting his approach to about 14 feet. Somehow, his ball stopped on the steep slope, short of the water, and he pitched his third shot to 2 feet for birdie.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits from a hill on the 13th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. "Sometimes the rub of the green is for you and sometimes it isn't".

Another of Garcia's idols, Olazabal - a two-time victor at Augusta - left a note for Garcia ahead of Thursday's opening round, and the new Masters champion is keen to take him up on an offer.

Throughout the final day, the two golfers acknowledged one another's well-played shots. "It's nearly like just a bit of a regrouping, because I'll have a really fun stretch of golf coming up".

There is too much golf left. And boy, did they put on a show.

  • Julie Sanders