Sergio Garcia lastly claimed his first main title in thrilling style on Sunday by beating Justin Rose in a play-off to be named Masters Champion.
5 years after claiming he was not ok to win a significant, Garcia proved himself improper to assert the well-known Inexperienced Jacket with a birdie on the primary further gap following a sensational duel along with his Ryder Cup team-mate.
The pair had completed tied on 9 beneath par after closing rounds of 69, however the lead swung too and fro all through an eventful Sunday.
Britain’s Olympic champion Rose overturned an early three-stroke deficit to steer by one shot at -10 after 16 holes, solely to bogey the 17th after which fail to transform a birdie try from seven ft on the final.
That left Garcia with an opportunity to win his first main title on the 74th try, however his putt from 5 ft slid previous the opening and meant the primary play-off at Augusta since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera in 2013.
The gamers returned to the 18th and Rose was unable to save lots of par after pushing his drive into the bushes and hitting a poor restoration,
However, on what would have been the 60th birthday of two-time winner, and private hero, Seve Ballesteros, Garcia grew to become the third Spanish winner at Augusta Nationwide by ending an unforgettable day in fashion by holing from 12 ft for birdie.
Garcia was enjoying his 71st consecutive main championship, a streak stretching again to the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
A month later he completed second within the US PGA Championship on the age of 19, however had since recorded an extra 21 top-10 finishes with out claiming a maiden main title.
And after ending 12th at Augusta in 2012, Garcia informed Spanish reporters: ”’I am not ok. In 13 years I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to play for second or third place.”
Now he has proved himself improper.
“It’s been such a long time coming and I thought I had it on 18,” Garcia mentioned earlier than receiving his inexperienced jacket from 2016 champion Danny Willett.
“I hit the putt precisely the place I wished. I knew I used to be enjoying effectively. I felt the calmest I’ve ever felt on a significant Sunday and even after making a few bogeys I used to be nonetheless very constructive, and hit some actually good photographs coming in and I am so glad.
“It is wonderful to do it on Seve’s 60th birthday and to affix him and (Jose Maria) Olazabal, my two idols in golf, it is one thing wonderful. Jose despatched me a textual content on Wednesday telling me how a lot he believed in me and what I wanted to do, consider in myself, be calm and never let issues get to me as I had up to now.”
Rose, who was seeking to grow to be the primary European participant to win the Masters and US Open, mentioned: “A lot of good issues occurred in the present day. It was an exquisite battle and if there’s anybody you wish to lose to it is Sergio. He deserves it, he is had his fair proportion of heartache.
“I felt I had it beneath management around the flip, he clearly rallied and had an amazing comeback with the save on 13, the birdie on 14 and eagle on 15. Apart from that I had it received.
“This is a tournament I am going to win one day. I’ve been in the last group a couple of times and shot 14 under when Jordan (Spieth) won. I feel really confident here, this my favourite tournament of the year. I still have a bunch of good years in me and feel this is one I can still knock off.”
Garcia had birdied the primary and third and loved a three-shot lead when Rose three-putted the fifth, however the Olympic champion responded fantastically with a hat-trick of birdies from the sixth.
Bogeys on the 10th and 11th dropped Garcia two photographs behind his enjoying associate and his problem seemed to be unravelling when a pulled drive on the 13th completed beneath an azalea bush.
Nonetheless, after taking a penalty drop and pitching out onto the golf green, he bought up and down from 90 yards for par and noticed Rose unable to gap from six ft for birdie.
Garcia closed the hole with a birdie on the 14th after which produced a surprising strategy to the 15th which pitched inches wanting the opening and appeared to flick off the pin.
With Rose lagging his lengthy eagle try to 3 ft, Garcia holed from 15 ft and the pair headed to the 16th tee tied on 9 beneath, three away from clubhouse chief Charl Schwartzel.
Each gamers hit very good tee photographs into the 16th however though Rose was additional away, he had the simpler uphill putt and duly transformed from seven ft.
Garcia’s try was poorly struck and by no means on line, however when Rose did not stand up and down from a bunker on the 17th, the pair have been tied once more on the final.
Schwartzel completed alone in third after a closing 68, with Matt Kuchar – who had a hole-in-one on the 16th – and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters a shot behind.