Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

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Garcia doesn't have to worry about that any longer.

"It's been such a long time coming", Garcia said after his playoff victory over Justin Rose. "I know how much it hurts him".

QUOTEWORTHY: "I felt a calmness that I never felt on a major Sunday".

"I actually thought I hit a really good iron shot into 13", the Olympic champion said.

Both players hit superb tee shots and Rose converted from seven feet before Garcia missed his shorter attempt, but Rose was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 17th.

Rose and Garcia entered the final round at 6 under through the first three rounds.

Rose missed his birdie putt and tapped in for par, leaving Garcia to putt for his first major title. Both players shot 9-under 279 in regulation.

"I know that two of Sergio's idols have been Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal and I am certain it is very meaningful to Sergio to join them as Masters champions".

"It's fantastic to do it on Seve's 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf", Garcia said. Every time I chipped it close I missed the putt, or I didn't chip it close enough and I'd still miss the putt.

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England's Paul Casey (68) ended up alone in sixth at 284, while Kevin Chappell (68) and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (69) tied for seventh at 285.

Rose rolled his approach off a slope to eight feet from the cup, only to see Garcia land his approach five feet from the pin.

He said: "If there's anyone to lose to, it's Sergio. Obviously I'm 37. I'm not 22 or 25 any more, but I feel I still have a lot of great years in me and I'm excited for those". "He's had his fair share of heartbreak". He tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters, who ran off four birdies on the back nine.

Garcia said he had lost hope of ever winning at Augusta, but "through the years I learned to accept what Augusta gives and takes and that's why I'm here". "I think that at the end of the day, that's really the only thing you can do". Rose was just over the back of the green in two, in position to turn a two-shot lead into four. "I played well. He made a great comeback". But right when it looked to be over, momentum shifted to Garcia.

"Could I have made the putt on 17?"

Rose was two shots ahead when Garcia bogeyed the 10th and 11th, but on what would have been the 60th birthday of Seve Ballesteros, his fellow Spaniard Garcia crucially saved par after an errant drive and penalty shot on the 13th. Spieth did himself in Sunday, dropping from contention after six holes and rinsing his tee shot on No. 12, a moment of deja vu from last year's final round. I have an opportunity and that's all that you want, but it all starts on the back nine. Only Bill Haas (84) and Lee Westwood (75) have competed in more majors without winning one of golf's big four tournaments.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler shared misery.

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