Garcia ends Major drought, wins Masters

2017-04-10 01:31
Sergio Garcia (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Spain's Sergio Garcia has won the 81st Masters at Augusta National after a thrilling final round shootout with England's Justin Rose.

The Ryder Cup team-mates entered the day tied for the lead at 6-under par and both posted rounds of 3-under par 69, resulting in a playoff.

Garcia had a birdie putt from a little under five-feet to win on the 72nd hole, but pushed it agonisingly wide to the right, after Rose had missed his birdie putt earlier from eight feet.

The pair headed back to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole where Garcia prevailed after a birdie, to Rose's bogey.

Garcia, who had South Africa's Glen Murray on the bag, became the third Spaniard to don the famed Masters Green Jacket after compatriots Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal.

In a quirk of fate, Sunday would've been Ballesteros' 60th birthday.

The win was Garcia's first Major title after 73 previous attempts.

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel finished alone in third place after a superb final round of 68, for a 72-hole total of 282, 6-under par.

Scores after Sunday's final round of the 81st Masters at par-72 Augusta National Golf Club (Garcia wins with birdie on first playoff hole):

279 - Justin Rose (ENG) 71-72-67-69, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 71-69-70-69

282 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 74-72-68-68

283 - Matt Kuchar (USA) 72-73-71-67, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 72-68-75-68

284 - Paul Casey (ENG) 72-75-69-68

285 - Kevin Chappell (USA) 71-76-70-68, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-73-71-69

286 - Adam Scott (AUS) 75-69-69-73, Ryan Moore (USA) 74-69-69-74

287 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 76-70-74-67, Russell Henley (USA) 71-76-71-69, Brooks Koepka (USA) 74-73-71-69, Rickie Fowler (USA) 73-67-71-76, Jordan Spieth (USA) 75-69-68-75

288 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 78-68-74-68, Steve Stricker (USA) 75-73-72-68

289 - Pat Perez (USA) 74-74-70-71, Fred Couples (USA) 73-70-74-72, Jimmy Walker (USA) 76-71-70-72, Lee Westwood (ENG) 70-77-68-74

290 - Jason Day (AUS) 74-76-69-71, Justin Thomas (USA) 73-76-71-70, Phil Mickelson (USA) 71-73-74-72, William McGirt (USA) 69-73-74-74, Charley Hoffman (USA) 65-75-72-78

291 - Brendan Steele (USA) 74-73-75-69, Daniel Berger (USA) 77-73-72-69, Branden Grace (RSA) 76-74-71-70, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 75-74-69-73, Jon Rahm (ESP) 73-70-73-75

292 - Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 71-78-73-70

293 - An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 76-73-74-70, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 78-72-71-72, Jason Dufner (USA) 71-76-70-76

294 - Adam Hadwin (CAN) 75-74-75-70, Stewart Hagestad (USA) 74-73-74-73, Brian Stuard (USA) 77-70-74-73, Bill Haas (USA) 75-72-71-76, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 72-73-71-78

295 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 77-71-76-71, Ross Fisher (ENG) 76-74-74-71

296 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 73-74-78-71, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 77-72-76-71, Kevin Kisner (USA) 74-75-74-73

297 - Curtis Luck (AUS) 78-72-75-72, Daniel Summerhays (USA) 74-75-75-73

298 - Andy Sullivan (ENG) 71-78-76-73, James Hahn (USA) 75-75-75-73

299 - J.B. Holmes (USA) 78-72-73-76

300 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 79-70-73-78

305 - Larry Mize (USA) 74-76-79-76

308 - Ernie Els (RSA) 72-75-83-78

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