Sergio Garcia claims his first major title, winning the Masters in a playoff

SERGIO GARCIAflag of Spain

RANK: 11  |  SWINGS: R  |  BIRTHDATE: 01/09/1980
BIRTHPLACE: CASTELLON, SPAIN  |  HEIGHT: 5-10

Sergio Garcia won the 81st Masters on Sunday, beating Justin Rose with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Rose had a two-stroke lead going into the final five holes, but Garcia caught up to finish regulation play tied with Rose at 9 under par, missing a seven-foot birdie that would have won the tournament on the final hole. It was Garcia’s first major title in 74 starts despite finishing as runner-up four times, including a playoff loss in the 2007 British Open to Padraig Harrington. “Obviously, this is something I wanted to do for a long time,” Garcia said, “but, you know, it never felt like a horror movie. It felt like a little bit of a drama, but obviously with a happy ending.”

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