Sergio Garcia Outduels Justin Rose in 1-Hole Playoff to Win 2017 Masters

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesRob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2017

Sergio Garcia has finally won his initial vital pretension after holding home a 2017 Masters championship on Sunday during Augusta National Golf Club.

The Spanish star was tied with Justin Rose after 72 holes during 9 strokes underneath par, forcing a sudden-death playoff. After Rose bogeyed a 19th hole of a day, Garcia birdied to finish what had spin a trend of disappointments in golf’s biggest events.

PGA Tour common video of a final putt:

Justin Ray of Golf Channel remarkable because this was a prolonged time coming:

Charl Schwartzel finished clever to put himself alone in third place during 6 underneath for a tournament.

Here are a final formula from Sunday:


It was effectively a two-man foe for many of a day, with Rose and Garcia in a final pairing pulling divided from a margin early.

Garcia built a three-stroke lead after earning birdies on dual of a initial 3 holes, followed by a Rose spook on a fifth. Of course, it was still approach too early to start crowning anyone.

Rose forced himself behind into a foe with 3 true birdies on sixth, seventh and eighth holes. Jason Sobel of pennyless down a action:

Although Garcia was bogey-free by a front nine, his story of collapses came to a forefront with bogeys on a subsequent dual holes. 

When a Spaniard put his turn in a woods on No. 13, probably everybody seemed to consider a contest was over. However, he bounced behind to acquire a standard on a hole, while Rose missed a makeable birdie putt and staid for a standard as well. 

Trey Wingo of ESPN summed adult a swing:

The movement shifted from there, as Garcia birdied a indirect hole and a had thespian eagle on No. 15 to acquire a tie:

The dual group went into a 18th hole deadlocked, though any missed a birdie putt that would’ve won a tournament.

Zach Johnson, who missed a cut this week, gave his research on a shots:

The playoff was motionless before a green, however, with a bad tee shot dooming Rose. He finished with a bogey, giving Garcia a possibility to win with a par. Garcia holed his birdie putt only for good measure.

Notable stars congratulated a maestro after entrance by with a win:

Matt Kuchar remained rival interjection to an implausible opening on a behind nine. He posted 3 true birdies and afterwards incited heads with a hole-in-one on No. 16:

He finished with a 31 on a final 9 holes and 67 altogether for a day, putting him during 5 underneath for a tournament. Being a initial among a leaders into a hall also set a important symbol for a tip players to match.

Thomas Pieters followed it adult with a five-under finish of his own, featuring 4 true birdies on a behind nine.

Meanwhile, Schwartzel continued a trend with 4 birdies after a spin to finish in third place. 

Even those not on a leaderboard came divided with noted moments, including Russell Henley with this eagle on No. 5:

This helped him finish with a 69 in his final round, good adequate for a startling tie for 11th place.

Rory McIlroy sensitively finished tied for seventh after entrance into a day during even par. He managed 4 birdies and only a singular spook to finish adult 3 strokes underneath par. 

On a other hand, a final turn wasn’t utterly as good for Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters champion had stormed behind from a 75 in Round 1 to row with back-to-back rounds in a 60s, though he fell detached Sunday with a final-round magnitude of 75.

He finished adult tied for 11th place along with Rickie Fowler, who posted a 76 in a same pairing. 

Still, this contest was about Garcia, who survived an sparkling conflict to win a initial vital of a year.

Many of these players will pierce to Hilton Head, South Carolina, subsequent week for a RBC Heritage. The Players Championship will move a lot of large general names behind to a United States in May, while a subsequent vital will be a U.S. Open on Jun 15.


Post-Round Reaction

Perhaps a many considerable partial of a win was a ability to stay mentally tough notwithstanding adversity.

“Today, we felt a calmest I’ve ever felt on a vital Sunday,” Garcia pronounced after a round, per Sobel. “Even after a integrate of bogeys, we was still positive. we still believed.”

The contingent leader also discussed a back-and-forth conflict between Rose and him.

“We are good friends. We wanted to win,” he explained, per My Golf Daily’s Ron Mintz. “We wanted to kick any other, though we did not wish one of us to remove it.”

The accessible mindset was common by Rose even after his unsatisfactory defeat.

If there’s anyone to remove to it’s Sergio,” a runner-up told CBS, per Brian Wacker of Golf Digest. “He’s had his share of heartbreak.”

After so many tighten calls, Garcia will finally get a possibility to applaud a win in a biggest contest of a year.

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