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Garcia ends long search for major glory

Garcia celebrates at Masters

Garcia celebrates victory in the Masters

Sergio Garcia finally ended his long wait for a major title by winning a tense play-off against Englishman Justin Rose to win the US Masters.

Both players missed their final putt to finish all-square at nine under par in regular competition.

In the sudden-death play-off Garcia holed a birdie putt after his European Ryder Cup team-mate could only manage a bogey.

Garcia’s victory sees him win his first major in 21 years as a professional and at his 74th attempt.

The 37-year-old is the third Spaniard to win the tournament and it comes in the year that would have been his compatriot Seve Ballesteros’s 60th birthday. Jose Maria Olazabal also won the title.

Play-off drama:

Shot one: Rose teed off first on the 18th but his shot went into the trees, with the ball bouncing into pine needles.

Garcia hit his drive almost 300 yards down the fairway.

Shot two: Rose had to get out of trouble and onto the fairway. Garcia reached the green, 12 feet from the hole.

Shot three: The Englishman landed his shot 15 feet from the hole.

Rose stroked his par putt to the left of the hole, and Garcia – who squandered an opportunity in regular play – made sure of victory by watching nervously as his ball circled the cup before dropping in.

Garcia fell to his knees, fists clenched and the two friends embraced to celebrate the end of a great tournament.

Final scores:

-9 Garcia (Spa)*, Rose (Eng); -6 Schwartzel (SA); -5 Kuchar (US), Pieters (Bel); -4 Casey (Eng); -3 Chappell (US), McIlroy (NI); -2 Scott (Aus), Moore (US)

 

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