Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

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Instead of pouting, he figured out how to make par. Usually resigned to fail, Garcia proved to be more resilient than ever. Masters Champion and future Hall of Famer. "I wish you could go to see him", Gonzalez said.

It was an emotional moment as Garcia finally lifted the major that he has been fighting for over the years.

Spain paid homage to new Masters champion Sergio Garcia on Monday after he broke his duck on the biggest stage of all to add a first major to his glittering career.

Asked about shedding the label as the best player without a major, Garcia replied: "The way I looked at it, at least "best player" was there".

The Spaniard' shook himself off and it was his drive that was the superior off the tee in the first hole of the play-off and Rose's poor shot forced him to layup. He clenched both fists and shook them repeatedly.

Rose, who also closed with a 69, graciously patted Garcia's cheek before they embraced.

Garcia said he had received a text-message from Olazabal on the eve of the final round. He turned with his arms to his side, blew a kiss to the crowd and then crouched again and slammed his fist into the turf of the green.

"Then obviously in the playoff, I had virtually the same line and maybe the speed was slightly less but it broke across the hole".

"It was very special that Sergio could win on what would have been Seve's 60th birthday", he said.

"Jose sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do, and just pretty much believe in myself and to be calm and not let things get to me like I have in the past".

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His chin was up. "If I had to lose to anybody, it would be to Sergio".

"Sergio often feels like he's not supported the way he would like to be here in America", said the vanquished Rose. "He's had his fair share of heartbreak".

But Rose charged back into the lead later on in the front nine. Garcia missed a chance to win the 81st Masters in regulation, then birdied the 18th hole in a one-hole playoff to beat Justin Rose. He said when he hit crisp, high arcing shots often they landed a yard or two into the rough, making it hard to navigate the subsequent approach.

As they progressed through the back nine, Sergio began to crumble, losing valuable strokes with bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes. But of the four traditional majors, he's come up just short several times. He's finished second three times, including twice at the Masters, and third six times. But right when it looked to be over, momentum shifted to Garcia. "Him and Seve are both my golfing idols since I was very, very little", Garcia said.

However, Rose later failed at the first hole of the tiebreaker, where Garcia finished with a birdie, achieving his first green jacket of victory. Garcia answered with a wedge that covered the flag and settled 5 feet away. But for the most part, I'm not going to sit here and second guess one or two shots.

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters victor, was third on 282 with American Matt Kuchar and Belgian Thomas Pieters sharing fourth on 283.

This year's Masters nearly lasted the entire tournament without a hole-in-one, but Matt Kuchar, playing in the seventh-to-last group on Sunday, pulled off the ace on the 170-yard 16th hole.

Jordan Spieth, starting the final round only two shots behind, put another tee shot into the water on No. 12 long after it mattered.

Spaniard golfer, after a career of disappointment and close calls, wins the Masters in a playoff with Justin Rose.

That why his comments all week at the Masters that he had changed his attitude, that he was learning to accept bad bounces, was met with skepticism. "I have a attractive life". "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.