Spain's Sergio Garcia Finally Wins Major Golf Tournament

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, kisses his trophy at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Garcia hit a wedge to seven feet and escaped with par, however, while Rose missed a five-foot birdie putt.

"Sergio Garcia wins the Masters in Augusta, the major he has so deserved for the past 18 years", it read. When I came here in 1999 as an amateur, I felt like this golf course was probably going to give me at least one Major. "I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me.' So it did cross my mind".

"I think life has a objective for all of us".

Top scores: 279: Sergio Garcia (Esp) (71-69-70-69), Justin Rose (Eng) (71-72-67-69).

The 37-year-old Spaniard defeated England's Justin Rose, the reigning Olympic champion, with a birdie on the first playoff hole at Augusta National after failing in his first 73 tries at a major triumph.

The playoff was the 11th in Masters history.

All the omens had seemed in place for a Spanish victory with Garcia starting the day perched atop the leaderboard alongside Rose on Ballesteros' birthday.

Ballesteros, the Spanish talisman who died of brain cancer in 2011, inspired a generation of golfers in his country, winning Green Jacket twice in 1980 and 1983.

"To do it on Seve's 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it's something incredible". "I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots or some of those putts".

From 2001 to 2004, in 16 majors, Garcia missed the cut on five occasions - three times at the US PGA - but also enjoyed six top-10 finishes during that period. On Sunday, though, he demonstrated during an enthralling rollercoaster battle with Rose that he does indeed possess the tools, demeanor and determination of a champion.

Traditionally, the victor chooses the menu for the champion's dinner but Garcia would only reveal, "It's going to be a Spanish dish".

"It's unbelievable. It's something I always hoped I would achieve but I didn't know if I was going to do it", he said. "He deserves it, he's had his fair share of heartache". Garcia had a birdie from 10 feet and the ball circled the lip as it were and then dropped to spark of an emotional display by the victor.

After missing a 5-foot birdie at the 72nd hole, Garcia had to get through one extra hole to finally remove the stigma of being considered the best player never to win one of golf's biggest events. He birdied No. 14 to pull within a shot, then almost holed out from 190 yards out on the par 5 15th, then rolled in a 14-footer for eagle to tie Rose for the lead.

  • Julie Sanders