An epic playoff at The Masters saw popular Spaniard Sergio Garcia break through for his maiden major and he did it at golf’s most prestigious major at Augusta.
The 37-year-old was tied with Englishman Justin Rose at 9-under after 72 holes with the pair going to a play-off to decide who pulls on the coveted green jacket.
On a drama-filled playoff hole, it was Garcia who held his nerve to capture his first major in his 74th attempt.
In the traditional green jacket ceremony, last year’s champ Danny Willett presented Garcia with his new jacket and it was a perfect fit for the Spaniard.
Garcia’s Masters triumph comes after being the bridesmaid at a major four times and finishing in the top five on six occasions.
He’s the third Spaniard to capture The Masters title behind Spanish greats Seve Ballesteros and two-times Masters champ Jose Marie Olazabal.
Sergio’s victory came on what would have been Seve’s 60th birthday.
Rose was gallant in defeat but will rue missing a crucial birdie putt late in his round when he could have extended a two-shot lead over Garcia to three shots.
The Englishman will now have to wait another 12 months to capture that elusive green jacket.
Former Masters champ Adam Scott was the best of the Aussies with the 2013 champion finishing T9 at 2-under while Jason Day was next best finishing T22 at 2-over.
The day though, belonged to Sergio and fans and fellow golfers alike joined the chorus of praise for the 37-year-old.
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