A long, tearful road to a major for Sergio Garcia

Posted April 12, 2017

The pair had finished tied on nine under par after closing rounds of 69, but the lead swung too and fro throughout an eventful Sunday.

"Then he made a great five at 13; great second shot at 14; eagle at 15 with an unbelievable shot; had a tough putt he missed at 16; nice par at 17 and a really good shot at 18 and he just misread the putt".

Approaching hole 18, Garcia and Rose were tied at (-9), creating a high stakes atmosphere that often surrounds the final hole at Augusta.

With several ups and downs during the course of action from both elites of the game, Garcia finally has his breakthrough at the majors tournament which lays the platform for more astonishing performances and accolades in the future. As a victor of 31 worldwide events, with four runner-up finishes and 21 top-10s in majors, and his role as a European Ryder Cup stalwart, he's often found atop subjective lists of "best players without a major". Even though I played well in the third round, I was a little bit more nervous.

Now he has proved himself wrong. Garcia said. "I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me". He chipped out under the tree, hit his third shot to 15 feet and missed the par putt. But I knew that I could still work it around, you know, if I just accepted what was happening.

Last October at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota, when Garcia was asked about how the American crowds treated him, he joked, "Well, I definitely know I haven't won a major".

Sergio Garcia ended almost two decades of major heartbreak when he beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US Masters yesterday on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros. "Jose sent me a text on Wednesday telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do, believe in myself, be calm and not let things get to me as I had in the past". "Sergio is the best player not to have won a major no longer". It was a wonderful battle and if there is anyone you want to lose to it's Sergio. "He's had his fair share of heartbreak". I felt great. I felt in control. Other than that I had it won. "But this is a tournament I am going to win one day".

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"It's been such a long time coming", added Garcia, who shared a warm embrace with Rose and a passionate one with his fiancee.

"And for me, the most positive thing is that I feel like I have so much room for improvement. It is good for him to have the monkey off his back and I am very pleased for him".

Take for example Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who finally managed to secure a major with a playoff win against Justin Rose at last night's Masters.

After seeing an early three-shot lead wiped out by Rose's hat-trick of birdies from the sixth, Garcia bogeyed the 10th and 11th and looked certain to drop another shot following a wayward drive on the 13th.

With a keen eye on Garcia in '99 was Ballesteros, who took the young Spaniard under his wing and developed a strong friendship with him in the years thereafter.

Garcia has had a remarkable career.