Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors
Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors.
Sergio Garcia finally showed he has what it takes to win a major, and he has a green jacket to prove it.
Needing his best golf on just about every shot in the final hour at the Masters, Garcia overcame a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff Sunday for his first major after nearly two decades of heartache.
No one ever played more majors as a pro — 70 — before winning one for the first time.
It was never easy until the end, when Rose sent his drive into the trees on the 18th hole in the playoff, punched out and failed to save par from 15 feet.
Rose was just over the back of the green in two, on the verge of turning a two-shot lead into four.
He hit wedge to 7 feet and escaped with par.
The lead stayed at two shots but not for long.
Rose took the lead with an 8-foot birdie on the 16th and gave it back by missing a 7-foot par putt on the 18th.
He had to birdie three of his last four holes for a 75.