Sergio Garcia Plans Best Masters Champions Dinner Yet - Spanish Feast

It was a battle for 19 holes in Sunday's final pairing at the Masters, but in the end Justin Rose came up just short in his attempt for his first green jacket. "So I'm glad I got to do it and now we can enjoy it". "I'm not sharing my locker at the moment, and I hope that I get to do it with you", Garcia recounted him as saying. Rose rolled his chip down to 5 feet and missed the birdie putt.

Tiger Woods, a four-time victor at Augusta and a man whose rivalry with Garcia has often been heated, tweeted his congratulations to the Spaniard. "To be there as Masters champion, it's going to be extra special".

My point was, I didn't want a bad shot to cost either of them the Masters, but rather a good one to decide it.

"It's been an awesome week", Garcia said, "and I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life". 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.

Garcia led by three strokes after five holes, fell two behind after 11, then roared back to force the playoff and sank a 15-foot birdie putt to claim victory.

"If there's anyone to lose to, it's Sergio".

Garcia earned a $1.98 million at Augusta National - the richest prize in Masters history.

Garcia was still coming to terms with becoming a major champion, a feat which will push him up to No.7 in the world rankings.

"It's wonderful to do this on Seve's birthday and to join him and Olazabal", Garcia said.

But then it was Rose's turn to miss, failing to convert a seven-footer for par at the 17th and sending them to the 18th tied again, Ryder Cup team mates each on the verge of achieving a lifelong dream.

The Spaniard won on what would have been the 60th birthday of compatriot Ballesteros, the 1980 and 1983 victor of the Green Jacket, who died in 2011. On the eve of the Masters, Olazabal, who was in the field of 93 players but missed the cut after 36 holes, sent an encouraging text message, Garcia said.

The eventual Masters champion has come out of the final Sunday pairing 21 out of the last 27 years, with Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel of South Africa (2011), Bubba Watson (2012), Adam Scott of Australia (2013) and Danny Willett on England (2016) the exceptions.

"Both of these players [Garcia and Rose] are very accomplished and now Sergio has finally evened the score when it comes to major wins".

"We're both very excited about the future, and I think being comfortable in your private life is a good thing".

Garcia birdied the 14th to get within one, and his 8-iron into the par-5 15th - "one of the best shots I hit all week", he said - landed inches in front of the hole and nicked the pin, setting up a 14-foot eagle putt that regained a share of the lead.

  • Julie Sanders