Sergio Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

Rose, the gold medalist from the Rio Olympics and 2013 U.S. Open champion, made a major run on Saturday and looks have all the momentum heading into his final pairing with Garcia.

Now, all Rose could do was watch as Sergio Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie to finish off a dramatic duel at Augusta National.

It's real, El Nino: after 75 major championship starts, 19 in the Masters and two decades of chasing windmills in the manner of Don Quixote, the fictitious hero of his native country of Spain, Garcia won the Masters to join boyhood idols and two-time champions Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.

"It's been such a long time coming", Garcia said after his playoff victory over Justin Rose. Garcia looked like a fragile man whose spirit had finally been broken.

Garcia nudged out England's Justin Rose, who also finished on nine under par at the end of the fourth round on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia.

Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 champion, closed with a 68 to grab third at 6 under. Rickie Fowler was another shot behind while Jordan Spieth, Thomas Pieters and William McGirt were tied three strokes behind Hoffman.

Other notable finishes: Rickie Fowler entered the day tied for third at -5, but golfed +4 on the day. He will jump from 11th to seventh in the world rankings.

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

"I felt I had it under control round the turn, he obviously rallied and had a great comeback with the save on 13, the birdie on 14 and eagle on 15". There are many big tournaments ahead and Spieth believes how he played will help him contend in them all.

Garcia had a chance to win it on the 72nd hole, only to miss his five-foot putt to get to 10 under par.

Who couldn't be happy for Garcia? Rose had a poor tee shot and second shot on the first playoff hole, and Garcia stuck his second shot inside of Rose's third shot. Under pressure, both Rose and Garcia flubbed their birdie putts, allowing for a playoff.

Garcia stood up and bellowed in triumph.

Garcia then acknowledged the Augusta patrons, who he had already praised as being on his side during the weekend, and his eyes grew damp. He credits his fiancee, Angela Akins, a former college golfer and Golf Channel reporter, with giving him needed support and maybe providing him with both perspective and a needed competitive spirit.

"But lately I've been thinking a little bit different, a little bit more positive and kind of accepting, too, that if it for whatever reason didn't happen, my life is still going to go on". "So it's been an fantastic week, and I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life".

Sergio Garcia, in position to break through, needs to dial in. Not by any stretch. It really stung when Garcia missed an even shorter putt.

After making birdie at Nos. After he made par on No. 5 and Rose made bogey, Garcia had a three-stroke lead.

Then the fun began.

That was three shots clear of America's Rickie Fowler with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel a shot further back, but 2015 victor Jordan Spieth had surprisingly fallen seven off the pace after four bogeys in his first 10 holes.

With five holes to play, Rose held a two-shot lead over Garcia before the Spaniard birdied No. 14 and made eagle a hole later. Rose went birdie-birdie-birdie on Nos.

American Matt Kuchar was just a shot behind after firing a hole-in-one on the 16th in the wake of birdies on the 12th, 13th and 14th.

"We're in a positon now where we", Spieth said, "I think, can go out there and win this thing". One where he can wear a green jacket.

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