Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Sergio Garcia - gestures to the sky after his Masters victory  (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia - gestures to the sky after his Masters victory (Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia overcame Justin Rose in a play-off at Augusta National to win his first Major Championship at the Masters Tournament.

On what would have been the 60th birthday of his countryman and two-time Green Jacket winner Seve Ballesteros, the Spaniard fired a closing 69 to finish at nine under and take Rose to extra holes.

The Englishman put his tee-shot into the pine straw on the way back up the 18th and had to pitch out sideways, allowing Garcia to put his approach to 12 feet and one putt was enough to seal victory.

The 37 year old was playing in his 74th Major and after previously achieving 22 top tens, he eventually got over the line to claim his second of three European Tour titles in the 2017 season.

The win prompted emotional scenes on the 18th green with Garcia dropping to his knees before embracing his fiancée and heading to the Butler Cabin to be presented with the Green Jacket.

"It's been such a long time coming and I thought I had it on 18," he said. "I hit the putt exactly where I wanted.

"I knew I was playing well. I felt the calmest I've ever felt on a Major Sunday and even after making a couple of bogeys I was still very positive, and hit some really good shots coming in and I'm so happy.

"It's amazing to do it on Seve's 60th birthday and to join him and (José María) Olazábal, my two idols in golf, it's something amazing. José sent me a text on Wednesday telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do, believe in myself, be calm and not let things get to me as I had in the past."

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