Sergio Garcia edges out Justin Rose to win Masters

Sergio Garcia edges out Justin Rose to win Masters

And through 13 holes Sunday, it looked like the Rose would walk away with his first green jacket, but Garcia would rally in one of the best Masters finishes in recent memory.

There was genuine sincerity, though, when Rose talked about how delighted he was for Garcia and, in a later tweet, the runner-up showed, and certainly not for the first time in his career, what a class act he is. Garcia, who only needed two putts from 12 feet on the first extra hole against Rose, crouched when his birdie putt curled in the back of the cup.

Deadlocked at nine-under par as they reached the 72nd regulation tournament hole, both drove into the fairway. He's still eight shots behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia at 6-under.

Most different about Garcia is that he made it easy to root against him, blaming everything but his own shots and missed putts.

Subsequent scores of 73 and 71 meant a closing 69 left the four-time major victor six shots outside the play-off won by Sergio Garcia. "But I knew what I was capable of doing, and I believe that I could do it". The five-time major victor, a double champion at Augusta and one of the sport's most charismatic figures, died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

"It was just a lot of things going through my mind", he said.

Then his putter betrayed him, especially at the first 18th, where he missed a 4-footer even though he insisted: "I hit it exactly where I wanted". Garcia quickly took a two-stroke lead with birdies on Nos.

Matt Kuchar stormed up the field to also finish on -5 meaning he was the leading American, with a hole-in-one on the 16th hole the highlight of his round.

Not since 1998 have the last two players on the course gone to the 18th tied for the lead, and both had their chances to win. He jarred the putt, the ball dying just inside the front lip, for an eagle - shades of Olazabal, whose 3 on 15 on the final day propelled him to a two-stroke win over Tom Lehman for his first of two green jackets.

Garcia then birdied the 14th and eagled the 15th, where Rose responded with a birdie to head to the 16th tee tied for the lead.

That margin could open the door for a comeback by a host of major winners, including Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor in seventh on 213 after 54 holes, and South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters victor in eighth another stroke adrift. His second shot, an 8-iron from 192 yards out, almost flew into the hole and left him 14 feet away from a 3. Most surprisingly, Spieth, who had earlier gone 29 straight holes without a bogey, had four of them on his front nine for an opening 38. He tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters, who ran off four birdies on the back nine.

Fowler shot 40 on the back side and signed for a 76.

Garcia says he has learned to accept bad bounces.

Tom Kite won the PGA Tour money title twice and had played in 67 majors as a pro before he finally won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he was 42.

"If it, for whatever reason, didn't happen, my life is still going to go on".

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