A long, tearful road to a major for Sergio Garcia

Rachel Hardy
April 12, 2017

It didn't matter. Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie that gave him the green jacket.

Garcia's fourth shot, a wedge, left him with a 6-footer for par; Rose's third, a chip, stopped at 7 feet for birdie.

The Northern Irishman's 72-hole aggregate of 285 was six shots too many to make the play-off and was the end product of a frustrating time on the course.

When he missed his putt at 18 it was hard not to recall the missed putt in 2007 at Carnoustie, where Garcia ultimately lost in a playoff.

When Sergio Garcia erupted in the world golfing scene during the 1999 PGA championship, he impressed everyone by giving Tiger Woods a run for his money eventually losing out by a single stroke.

Meanwhile, Garcia commenced his play with an impressive hit nearly 300 yards down the fairway. "Maybe I have to answer now ... the best player to only win one major".

"I have seen [myself winning] it several times", Garcia said. "I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots or some of those putts".

"I don't know if it was Seve helping out or what was out there, but I definitely felt like I had some extra help out there which is always welcome", Garcia said.

Garcia said he was even more delighted to have won on the day his idol - Severiano Ballesteros, the victor of five major titles, including two green jackets - would have celebrated turning 60.

"If I was able to hang in there and we were able to feed off each other, then we would have been able to push through like you saw Sergio and Justin able to do today", Spieth said.

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Sergio Garcia, of Spain, holds up his winning trophy at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. "It was a wonderful battle with Sergio", he said. "He's had his share of heartbreak". "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".

"I think the problem is, because where my head was at sometimes, I did think about, am I ever going to win one?" The last time he had a putt to win a major was at Carnoustie in 2007.

"The positive thing for me is I feel like I have so much room for improvement", he said.

Sergio Garcia finally won himself a major championship, and he has now been taken off the all-time list of best golfers without a big one.

More than his shotmaking, Garcia said, it was a change in attitude and determination he could win despite setbacks, like bogeys at 10 and 11 to fall two shots back, that brought him the greatest pride. "But I knew what I was capable of doing, and I believe that I could do it".

Garcia's vanquished opponent was quick to offer his congratulations.

Last-group playing partners and friends Garcia and Rose were level for the lead at the start of what become a ten-sion-packed thrill ride of a final round.

Both hit excellent tee shorts before Rose got a great break with his approach shot to set up a birdie.

Murray has been caddie for most of Garcia's professional career with the South African reminiscing it was "almost from the beginning".

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