Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

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A scoreboard operator uses binoculars by a playoff sign on the 18th green after regulation play ended in a tie between Justin Rose of England and Sergio Garcia of Spain at the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017.

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.

Rose could only manage a bogey, meaning Garcia's superb birdie putt was enough to secure a memorable victory at Augusta.

"When I missed my putt", Rose said, "I feared for the worst". "It was so freakish that I didn't feel one nerve".

But Rose isn't going to beat himself up too much. "I felt I would have my chances". "Even after the two bogeys, I felt there were some holes I could go after".

The Spaniard's victory came almost 18 years after a runner-up finish to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship and 22 top-10 finishes in major tournaments without winning. "If I had to lose to anybody, it would be to Sergio". "He has had his fair share of heartbreak".

But it was Rose who hit his drive into the woods on the first playoff hole, needing to punch out onto the fairway.

That moment when his ball dropped gave Garcia confidence he could still read these lighting-quick greens, and when Rose followed with a par of his own, it saved Garcia.

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We tend to root for people who have had their hearts broken over and over, even if they sometimes brought it on themselves or occasionally feel sorry for themselves.

After four runner-up finishes and years of self doubt, Spain's Garcia finally delivered the long-awaited title that seemed destined to forever elude him.

"That two-shot swing was when he was back in the tournament", Rose said.

What a final round it was.

2006 Open Championship: Garcia was tied for second with Chris Dimarco and Ernie Els going into the final round and got absolutely torched by Woods, eventually losing by seven strokes.

At that point, it was apparent this would be a two-man race. In a familiar scene from last year's final round of The Masters, Spieth sent his tee shot in the water. A few players had a fleeting bit of hope, most notably Matt Kuchar after a hole-in-one at the 16th, but no one seriously challenged the guys out front. Garcia went through the latter phase, and had some other downturns on the way to maturity. He complained the golf gods always were against him, never sending the good breaks his way. But Garcia couldn't connect from four feet, sending the crowd into disbelief again. Garcia had a three-stroke lead turn into a two-stroke deficit. Bunkers that weren't raked until after he played out of them.

"I probably hit one of the best 8-irons I've ever hit", he said of his approach shot. "I felt the calmest I've ever felt in a major.I knew I was playing well", Garcia said after his win.

On the 60th anniversary of the birth of another dashing Spaniard, Seve Ballesteros, a controlled, patient and mature Garcia lost an early three-shot lead, fought back to force a playoff and walked off toward Butler Cabin to slip on the green jacket to roars of Ser-gio, Ser-gio, Ser-gio.

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