Sergio Garcia has won the US Masters in a cliffhanger final round which went to a playoff after he and eventual runner up Justin Rose finished the tournament tied on 9 under the card.
Australian Adam Scott’s hopes of winning a second green jacket were dashed with the former world number one finishing seven shots behind the leaders in the final round of the Masters at Augusta National.
But the real drama unfolded in the final pairing, when leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia tied at 9 under after completing the 18th hole and headed to the first play-off hole.
Garcia was the aggressor in the final round, coming from two shots behind Rose on the back nine to earn himself the chance of winning the famous tournament. Both had putts for the win on the 18th hole.
With the pressure on, Garcia scored a birdie on playoff hole to Rose’s bogie for the Spaniard’s first ever win in a major, the 37-year-old Garcia finally triumphing in his 74th major championship appearance, having been a runner up at majors four times.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he told CBS after the final round.
“I knew I was playing well, I felt today the calmest I’ve ever felt on a major Sunday.
“It’s amazing, to do it on [Seve Ballesteros’] 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s just amazing,” Garcia said.
Garcia and Rose had tied at nine-under par 279 after final rounds of three-under 69, which left them three shots clear of third-place Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.
As the two leaders fought out a topsy-turvy race the finish, 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott was back in the club house 8 strokes behind Rose at 2 under for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Australians Marc Leishman fired a 71 and world No.1 amateur Curtis Luck a 72 to finish their Masters campaigns with respectable rounds.
Scott’s disappointing Sunday
As a former poster boy for ‘best golfer without a major’ championship’, Scott was ecstatic for newly-crowned Masters champion Sergio Garcia.
But after a disappointing final round at Augusta National on Sunday (Monday AEST), 2013 Masters winner Scott is hungry to bag his second career major in 2017.
The 36-year-old’s lacklustre final round of one-over-par 73 left Scott tied ninth at two under and seven shots back of the 72-hole totals set by world No.11 Garcia and England’s Justin Rose.
“I was looking for something special today and [my game] wasn’t even close in all areas. At times I was in position to take advantage and I didn’t,” Scott, who started the day four shots off the lead, said.
– with AAP