Sergio -- at long last!

Speaking as he received the winner's green jacket at Augusta, he said: "It's been a long time coming".

"The calmness and how collected he was when things didn't go his way from 10 to 13, I think that was the main difference compared to the Sergio of past times". He held his nerve to become only the third Spaniard to win the prestigious title after Seve Ballesteros (1980, 1983) and Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999). "To do it on his 60th birthday, it's something unbelievable". "He's had his share of heartbreak". I played well and he made a great rally. Sergio Garcia ended almost two decades of major heartbreak when he beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US Masters on Sunday on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros. Obviously I am very proud but I feel like the same guy. "I hope this is not the last", he said of his Augusta triumph, which he compared to European football's biggest club titles.

"Even after the two bogeys, I knew I could still do it".

Rose's playoff tee shot soared deep into trees right of the fairway but bounced out onto pine straw while Garcia found the fairway.

Rose took back sole possession of the lead with a birdie on the 16th but gave it up again by missing a seven-foot par putt on the 18th.

That shot to the green.hitting the pin!

On that bright sunny day at the start of 2015, Garcia took time out to provide us with the inside track on the Masters and the Augusta National course.

"Both Justin and I were trying to win but at the end of the day we are both people and we have to represent the game and how we were raised", Garcia said.

On the 72nd regulation hole, Rose missed an eight-foot birdie putt, leaving Garcia a five-footer to win, but he pushed it wide right. "He deserves it", Rose said. And hit a good shot into 10, which I rarely do.

"Nobody deserved it more than you do", Rose told Garcia on the 18th green.

Garcia opened the back nine with two bogeys and trailed by two at the par-5 13th, where his drive landed under a bush. He was forced to take a drop and assume a penalty stroke but pitched onto the three with his fourth shot and made the putt for par. But he thrilled the gallery, which was solidly behind him all afternoon, by draining the birdie putt for a two-shot win.

"But I knew that I could still work it around, you know, if I just accepted what was happening".

"I feel bad I went so downhill while Rickie was still in it, because it is tough when you don't see a ball go in the hole", he said. I really stepped up. How much it means to me.

From there, Garcia birdied 14 and eagled 15 to pull into a tie at 9 under.

I'M SURE Garcia and Rose weren't similarly afflicted but, after the Masters ended, the latter admitted while he was "disappointed" his feeling was, if he had to lose, who better that to Sergio who had endured so many disappointments in majors?

"The Masters is like the Champions League, but the British Open is like the Champions' Champions League".

Rose's winning putt didn't break left.

  • Julie Sanders