SA caddie helps Garcia to Masters win

Phil Mickelson leaped - not very high - when he finally won his first major at Augusta National in 2004.

After what happened in the 81 Masters, there have now been two in the past nine months.

Traditionally, the victor chooses the menu for the champion's dinner but Garcia would only reveal, "It's going to be a Spanish dish". Stenson ended up shooting 20-under-par, the lowest 72-hole score in a major championship. Rose's burned the cup, so Garcia had a short birdie putt to win the championship - and missed, prompting a playoff.

Garcia won with birdie on first playoff hole. 6, 7 and 8 and both made the turn tied for the lead after 2-under 34s. Garcia hit a wedge to seven feet and escaped with par, however, while Rose missed a five-foot birdie putt. They both parred No. 18, sending them into the sudden-death playoff.

"I think it validates everything that he has done and gone through in his career", Beem told Sky Sports News HQ. "To be able to join him and Seve as Masters champions from Spain, it's unbelievable".

"Hopefully, they remember it fondly", Rose said. I mean, hopefully it is a Masters that goes down in history - and it's always a nice to be a part of history.

"I'm not going to sit here and second guess one or two shots".

Sergio Garcia has been associated with Omega since 2003, and the brand could be forgiven for wondering whether the highly successful golfer would ever win a Major tournament. After opening with that 75, which included an ugly quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole Thursday, Spieth made only three bogeys the next 36 holes to shot 69-68 and close in on the leaders.

However, after taking a penalty drop and pitching out onto the fairway, he got up and down from 90 yards for par and saw Rose unable to hole from six feet for birdie. It was the first time since 1998 that top two players of the tournament in Garcia and Justin Rose had gone to the 18th hole with their lead tied.

For Garcia, who had previously finished in the top five at majors 12 times without winning, Rose feels the success can continue in 2017. "That thought changed over the years as I started feeling uncomfortable on the course but I came to peace with it and accepted it". I knew I would probably have my chances. And I'm glad it was because of what all the things that happened throughout my career.

The BBC trotted out almost the same excuse then as it did this week: "Peter made a lighthearted comment which was inappropriate and we apologise if anyone was offended". "And if not, we'll shake Justin's hand and congratulate him for winning". I felt cool, calm and collected. He tweeted immediately after the 37-year old Spaniard triumphed: "nobody deserves this more".

  • Julie Sanders