It took 74 starts, but Sergio Garcia finally has his first major victory.
The golf world toasted Garcia on Sunday evening as the man with nearly two decades of Masters experience finally slid on the green jacket. 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.
Oh yeah, and it came on what would have been Seveâs 60th birthday.
âItâs amazing. To do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, itâs something amazing,â Garcia told Jim Nantz on CBS after the win. âJose sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do and just pretty much believing in myself and being calm and not let things get to me like Iâve done in the past.â
Justin Rose was a triumphant competitor and will likely win at Augusta National in the near future, but Sunday belonged to Sergio. You could feel it when he was able to save par after a wayward tee shot at No. 13 that required a drop and when he locked on a pair of greens on 14 and 15 to put the pressure on Rose coming down the stretch. That shot on 15 resulted in an eagle putt -- his first eagle in his last 452 holes at the Masters -- that saved his round and ultimately his first major.
Twice on 18, Garcia was the king of the moment, dropping a pair of approach shots that gave him a chance to win the tournament. But before Sergioâs long winning putt dropped, there was a miss from five feet that sent the competition to a playoff.
Rose hit his tee shot to open the playoff into the woods and short of Garcia, then punched out to Garciaâs feet. With a one-stroke advantage on the hole, Garcia went on to deliver another clutch approach into the green and this time buried his birdie putt to win.
Hereâs how the rest of the leaderboard fell behind Garcia on Rose at the end of the day on Sunday
3. Charl Schwartzel (-6): A great weekend (68-68) had Masters fans making eerie 2011 comparisons, thinking that Schwartzel could again emerge from a crowded pack and win on Sunday. He did his best, getting birdies on 9, 11, 13, 15 and 18, but fell short of the leaders in his best finish since the win six years ago.
T4 Matt Kuchar (-5): The highlight of Kucharâs round came on Sunday with a thrilling ace to cap his run of scoring on a 31 on the second. It looked like a thrill for Kuchar to card six birdies and a hole-in-one on the way to a 67 (tied for the low round) and high finish here at Augusta, where his best finish was T3 in 2012.
T4 Thomas Pieters (-5): Tremendous showing from the 25-year-old Belgian here in his first Masters appearance. He called Augusta National âjust another golf courseâ and got the best of it at times during his pair of 68 rounds on Friday and Sunday. The rising star has made his presence in the 2017 major season.
6. Paul Casey (-4): A pair of second-nine bogeys (11, 14) were the only thing keeping Casey from having the dayâs best round, collecting six birdies on the way to his 68. A few strokes behind the pace most of the weekend, Casey responded well from his 72-75 start notch a third straight top-10 here at the Masters.
T7 Kevin Chappell, Rory McIlroy (-3): While Fowler and Spieth went over-par to slide, Chappell (68) and McIlroy (69) each went low to finish here in the top-10. McIlroy used his power to help the charge with birdies on three of the four par-5âs and Chappell birdied all four of them, plus No. 18 to finish three-under for the tournament.
T9 Adam Scott, Ryan Moore (-2): There was incredible shot-making by Scott on Friday and Saturday, but the second nine on Sunday was where the wheels came off. Bogeys on 10, 15 and 17 derailed his run at a second green jacket. Moore had his worst round of the week here at a bad time, picking up a birdie on 18 to crack the top-10.
T11 Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth (-1)
T16 Martin Kaymer (E)
T18 Fred Couples (+1)
T22 Jason Day, Phil Mickelson (+2)
T36 Stewart Hagestad (+6) -- low amateur
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