Garcia wins Masters, wins over the crowd

Mendoza: Garcia wins first Masters full of drama | SunStar

Green jacket proves Garcia can win a major

Garcia, who only needed two putts from 12 feet on the first extra hole against Rose, crouched when his birdie putt curled in the back of the cup. Rose already owned a two-shot cushion and Garcia's drive off the par-5 tee hooked left and into an azalea bush along the left side of the fairway.

Drawing strength from Spain's greatest golfers, Garcia finally managed to win a major, giving "El Nino" a Masters green jacket and giving the country's golden generation of sports stars a new life.

Garcia also fumbled a downhill five-footer on 18 that would have won him the Masters outright.

The 2017 Masters was clearly missing someone on Thursday morning when Arnold Palmer did not join Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus on the first tee. "I felt the calmest I've ever felt on a Major Sunday and even after making a couple of bogeys I was still very positive, and hit some really good shots coming in and I'm so happy". Garcia had another second place finish in the 2008 PGA, as well as two in the British Open (2007 and 2014) and a tie for third in the 2005 U.S. Open, but no major wins.

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Garcia was playing his 71st consecutive major at Augusta National, a streak stretching back to the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

But the 37-year-old seemed to turn a corner recently, embracing a newfound level of acceptance of his past defeats, and a more optimistic sense of belief over what the future might hold.

"I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots or some of those putts", Garcia said.

Added Garcia, "Yeah, I think at the end of the day that we were both trying to win, we're all trying to win". "He definitely popped in my mind a few times, there is no doubt about it", Garcia said of Ballesteros, who died in 2011 of complications resulting from a cancerous brain tumour.

"To do it on his (Seve's) 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it's something unbelievable". "I'm obviously thrilled about what happened here today, but I'm still the same goofy guy, so that's not going to change".

"I knew what I was capable of doing and I believed I could do it", Garcia said.

The playoff was the 11th in Masters history.

"I don't know if it hasn't sunk in or something but it doesn't feel that different", he said. Instead, this year's Masters Chairman Billy Payne escorted Kit, Palmer's widow, alongside the two legendary golfers to honor Palmer, a four time Masters champion. "But this is a tournament I am going to win one day". His ensuing putt just dropped into the hole on its final roll and Rose answered by holing out a four-foot birdie putt for a tie at 9 under to set up what would be a four-hole match, including the playoff, for the title. Instead of folding up this time, Garcia made a decision to fight back.

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.

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