Rose on the wrong side of history in duel with Garcia

Apr 11, 2017, 00:23
Rose on the wrong side of history in duel with Garcia

Garcia took his emotional, long-sought triumph over England's Rose, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion and 2013 US Open victor, after they finished deadlocked on nine-under par 279 for 72 holes at Augusta National.

"It's been such a long time coming and I thought I had it on 18".

"I was calm today, even when things weren't going well, even when I might have said that it wasn't meant to be".

The 37-year-old Spaniard took the greatest triumph of his career, and a $1.98-million top prize from an $11-million payout, on what would have been the 60th birthday of his idol, two-time Masters champion and three-time British Open victor Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54.

And so it was Rose taking consolation honors, while Garcia celebrated his first major championship.

But Garcia rallied to hole an 8-footer for par.

2006 Open Championship: Garcia was tied for second with Chris Dimarco and Ernie Els going into the final round and got absolutely torched by Woods, eventually losing by seven strokes.

"I gave myself realistically very little chance", Casey said.

"I really feel like this is a tournament that I can still go on to win", Rose said. "He's had his share of heartbreak". Sergio and Justin played great golf. "I just didn't have the firepower all the way through the round". The sudden-death playoff was a bit anticlimactic, pretty much decided when Rose drove behind a towering magnolia tree right of the fairway, forcing him to punch out and hope he could somehow make par. He missed a putt to win on the final hole that stayed agonisingly right of the hole, but Garcia held his nerve to win the play-off that followed. Garcia led by three going into the final round, shot a 73, missed a putt on the final hole and lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. And then, you know, got a second shot at it in the playoff.

As soon as it was over, Rose walked out to embrace Garcia in the middle of the green.

"I'm thrilled to be standing here this late, this Sunday evening", Garcia said. "It got me more confident". So back it went to the 18th tee for sudden death, a exhausted drive from Rose handing the advantage to the Spaniard, who made no mistake second time around. "And I hit one of the best putts I hit all week".

Garcia squatted and shook with excitement, rose and screamed with joy and hugged good pal Rose before walking around the green to revel in the moment, pumping his fist and punching the green in delight.

"It would have been nice to swing a little better, like I have been but that was a little off".

At the par-5 15th, Garcia blasted a tee shot beyond 300 yards then lofted his approach off the flagstick, to set up a 15-foot eagle putt that slowed before falling in to fist-pumping joy as the crowd roared. Rose then doubled up by being unable to save par on the green. "If I make and he misses, then I'm probably looking at Thomas Pieters or Charl Schwartzel as the ones to beat".

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