After years and years of heartbreak, failure and Sunday mishaps, Sergio outdueled Justin Rose on an instant-classic Sunday at Augusta National to take home his first-ever green jacket at the the Masters on the first playoff hole. The pair had finished tied on nine under par after closing rounds of 69, with Rose overturning an early three-stroke deficit to lead by a shot after 16 holes, only to bogey the 17th and then fail to convert a birdie attempt from seven feet on the last. That left Garcia with a chance to win his first major title at the 74th attempt, but his putt from five feet slid past the hole and meant the first play-off at Augusta since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera in 2013. The players returned to the 18th and Rose was unable to save par after pushing his drive into the trees and hitting a poor recovery, but Garcia finished an unforgettable day in style by holing from 12 feet for birdie.
But what a tournament, and what an amazing moment for Garcia. His first-ever major championship win comes on the would-be birthday of Spanish golf hero Seve Ballesteros. Garcia now has more top-10 finishes in majors than anyone else on the PGA Tour, but it took 74 starts before he finally broke through with a win.
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