Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits from the pine on the 10th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

Justin Rose had a chance to put pressure on Garcia with a birdie putt on the 72nd hole.

"I did think about, am I ever going to win one?" admitted Garcia. And what I needed to do. "I just want to win here". "And being calm and not letting things get to me that I've done in the past".

Spain's Garcia won at the first extra hole to claim victory in his 74th major appearance, emulating the late Ballesteros on what would have been the two-time Masters winner's 60th birthday and Olazabal, who second Masters title came in 1999, the year Garcia made his debut in the tournament as an amateur.

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

Garcia then birdied the 14th and eagled the 15th, where Rose responded with a birdie to head to the 16th tee tied for the lead.

Rose then fired to 15 feet from the flag, but then missed his par putt. Rose followed a bogey at No. 5 with three straight birdies, the last of which appeared to spook Garcia, who missed at short birdie putt at the eighth hole that would have kept him in the lead alone.

Garcia clearly took those words to heart, most notably in the final round when on several occasions it looked like the wheels were about to fall off and another major title was about to slip through his grasp.

Rose still had a chance to tie, and he did with a birdie that sent it to 16.

"Could I have made the putt on 17?"

"It was a wonderful battle", Rose said. "I would have liked to be the right part of it, but nevertheless, I hope it's a good one". I really stepped up.

"I definitely feel like this is a tournament that I'm going to win one day", he said. "I felt positive. I felt confident". And in 2017, the Masters delivered once again.

"We are good friends so we were very respectful of each other".

Spieth, who finished second, first and second in his first three Masters, was not unhappy with the way he played despite dropping seven shots over the opening 14 holes.

The top eight finishers posted rounds in the 60s.

As former Victor Charl Schwartzel (-6) made a push along with debutant Thomas Pieters (-5) Matt Kuchar (-6) stole the show and got the crowd going with a sensational hole-in-one on the 16. But we all know Sergio and he can't make this easy so of course, he would miss a straightforward putt.

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

On Sunday at Augusta National, it looked for a moment like Garcia might experience another heartbreak in a major. A Sergio Garcia victory would be a lovely nod to that.

Sergio Garcia finally showed he has what it takes to win a major, and he has a green jacket to prove it. "I'm not going to lie, that thought kind of changed a little bit through the years, because I started feeling uncomfortable on the course". He had to birdie three of his last four holes for a 75.

That day came on Sunday, a day that reminded you of how fragile these days are, that reminded you of that even now as you remember all the putts both men hit that just slid past the hole.

"I think it makes it a poignant major championship".

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