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Sergio Garcia wins The Masters at Augusta

Sergio Garcia finally has his major title at the 74th attempt, and it came after a thrilling play-off victory over Justin Rose at the Masters.

It an epic encounter, both Garcia and Rose finished their rounds on nine-under par at Augusta, setting up a mouth-watering play-off on the 18th.

37-year-old Garcia holed a birdie putt for the win after Englishman Rose could only manage a bogey.

After 22 previous top-10 finishes in the majors, Garcia finally tasted success, becoming the third Spaniard to win the Masters - after Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal - on what would have been the 60th birthday of Ballesteros, who died in 2011.

"It has been such a long time coming," said the world number 11, who will rise into the top 10 on Monday. "I knew I was playing well. I felt the calmest I ever felt in a major."

For Rose, however, it is another bitter pill to swallow after coming so close yet again to clinching another major title. As Garcia was being awarded the Green Jacket, Rose was left to ponder what went wrong on his latest quest for major glory.

The Olympic champion has not claimed a major since winning the 2013 US Open, but lifted himself into contention for a first Masters title with five birdies in the final seven holes on Saturday.

But Rose, who also finished second behind Spieth in 2015, had to settle for a fifth top-10 finish at Augusta National.

"It is disappointing to come so close," said the world number 14. "I felt in control until the end.

"But I'm really happy for Sergio. I'd love to be wearing the Green Jacket but if it wasn't me then I'm glad it is him."

Elsewhere, World No.2 Rory McIlroy's ambition of becoming only the sixth man to win all four majors must wait for at least another year. The 27-year-old, who has already won the Open, US Open and two US PGA Championship titles, fought back from 3-over par after eight holes on Thursday to finish three under after a closing 69.

"It wasn't quite good enough. I felt like I had an opportunity on Saturday to shoot something in the mid-60s which would have got me closer to the lead and I didn't quite do that," said McIlroy.

"I gave a decent account of myself and will come back next year and try again."




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