Spain’s Sergio Garcia won his first major title at his 74th attempt with a thrilling play-off victory over England’s Justin Rose at the Masters. He finished in top-10 at Augusta three times (2002, 2004, 2013), now has the most career top-10s in majors all-time, and joins his idols Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as one of three Spainiards to win the Masters.
Both Garcia and Justin Rose finished on nine under par after 72 holes at Augusta, setting up a sudden-death play-off on the 18th.
Justin Rose was a triumphant competitor and will likely win at Augusta National in the near future, but Sunday belonged to Sergio.
Garcia, 37, holed a birdie putt for victory after his European Ryder Cup team-mate could only manage a bogey.
Charl Schwartzel was third on six under with England’s Paul Casey and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in the top 10.
Jordan Spieth, one of the pre-tournament favourites, and fellow American Rickie Fowler both fell away badly on the final day.
Spieth, champion in 2015, signed for a three-over-par 75, while playing partner Fowler carded a 76 to finish tied in 11th on one under.
Garcia finally won one of golf’s four majors – the Open Championship, the US Open and the US PGA Championship are the other three – after 22 previous top-10 finishes.
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He became the third Spaniard to win the Masters – after Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal – on what would have been the 60th birthday of Ballesteros, who died in 2011.
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