Sergio Garcia beats Justin Rose in playoff for Masters title

Ross Houston
April 10, 2017

Sergio Garcia has secured the first major win of his career after edging out Britain's Justin Rose at the Masters.

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

Garcia squandered a booming drive at the par-5 second, where he dumped his approach in a bunker and missed a 5-foot putt. The veteran Spaniard one-upped his English counterpart, almost holing his approach shot, but he failed to capitalize after Rose left him a chance to win the tournament outright on the 72nd hole.

Deadlocked at nine-under par as they reached the 72nd regulation tournament hole, both drove into the fairway. Rose rolled his approach off a slope to eight feet from the cup, only to see Garcia land his approach five feet from the pin. Garcia went on to birdie the hole.

Prior to this week's Masters, Garcia had played 72 majors, 70 of them as a professional. "It's another good tournament and I'm fortunate to come back here for another 50 years".

Sergio Garcia has made two early birdies in the final round of the Masters, a promising start in the Spaniard's bid to capture his first major championship.

"It would have been easy to throw the towel in after the first round (which included a quadruple-bogey 9 at the 15th), said the 23-year-old, "but I gave myself a chance to win the tournament". Predictably, he came back to the pack Friday but remained in a four-way tie for the top after 36 holes.

"It's probably the best I've ever felt in a major, no question about it", Fowler, 28, told Sky Sports.

Garcia got rid of the demons and the doubts with two big moments on the par 5s - one a par, the other an eagle - in closing with a 3-under 69.

He said Sunday he'll do his best to pick up a qualifying victory, starting next week at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to play the Masters again.

Englishman Paul Casey made the most of conditions ringing up four birdies on an error free outward nine to get to three-under alongside Belgian Thomas Pieters. Being the first among the leaders into the clubhouse also set a respectable mark for the top players to match. The Players' Championship will bring a lot of big worldwide names back to the United States in May, while the next major will be the U.S. Open on June 15.

"I'm really pleased with the way we finished this round to get back to red" under par numbers, Spieth said.

Rickie Fowler is three shots behind, while Charl Schwartzel is another stroke back. "I would have liked to be the right part of it, but nevertheless I hope it's a good one". Sergio is going to have a great opportunity. Spieth, though, started clawing back with a birdie on No. 16 to reframe his focus and, although he was 10 shots down he's just two back heading into the final round.

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