Sergio Garcia might wear his Masters green jacket to wedding

Ellen Mills
April 15, 2017

Sergio Garcia finally claimed a major win at the 74th time of asking after beating Justin Rose to become the 2017 Masters champion.

Spain's Garcia, at 37, is a year older than Rose, who is British.

Garcia had a five-foot putt to win his first Major after Rose missed his birdie chance, yet, like most of his career, it was his putting that let him down, and he missed.

"I'd like to win three or four green jackets, but one would be enough", he said.

"Everybody that is around me is helping me, making me not only a better golfer but a better person". So it did cross my mind. Battling with Justin Rose after whistling a short putt past the hole on 18, it was all set up for the usual disappointment, the now familiar anguish and a return to the dark depths of the soul reserved for second place.

Heading into Sunday's final round of the Masters, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler were each in position to bring home the green jacket playing in the day's penultimate pairing.

Garcia and European Ryder Cup team-mate Rose produced a thrilling final day at the Augusta National.

Speaking as he received the winner's green jacket at Augusta, he said: "It's been a long time coming".

He thinks one of his golf idols, Seve Ballesteros, may have been with him in spirit.

"I don't know", he added in a conversation with Golf Digest.

What happened next perhaps was turned the tide in Garcia's favour. "To be there as Masters champion, it's going to be extra special". "At 37 Sergio broke the curse that lasted almost two decades since he was second at the USPGA in a battle with Tiger Woods at 19", Madrid's other sports daily AS said in its online edition.

"He deserves it as much as anyone out here".

"He deserves it. He's had his fair share of heartbreak".

Garcia and Rose traded birdies on the front nine to make the turn tied, before Garcia bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes as Rose took a two-shot lead with six holes left. Garcia got rid of the demons and the doubts with two big moments on the par 5s-one a par, the other an eagle-in closing with a 3-under 69. Both golfers missed putts that could have clinched the tournament on the 18 hole.

Both had birdie putts.

Garcia's legion of fans around the world surely feared another nightmare ending, but this time there was a happy ending. "We've been talking about it and it hasn't been decided yet, but it's a big possibility", Garcia said.

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