Sergio Garcia finally wins first major in 2017 Masters playoff

Sergio Garcia poses with his trophy at AugustaIt was fitting that Sergio Garcia needed to play one extra hole before securing the first major tournament title of his career. Garcia beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff at the 2017 Masters on Sunday, ending a journey that spanned nearly two decades and 70 major tournaments—the most any winner has participated in before winning their first.

Garcia was the most consistent golfer of the weekend, scoring under par in all four rounds. He entered Sunday at 6-under alongside Rose, who entered the final round with five birdies in his last seven holes, with competitors like Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth close behind. But a disappointing back nine for Fowler and double-bogey on the 12th for Spieth left Garcia and Rose all alone and knotted at 8-under with nine holes to play.

Bogeys on 10 and 11 put Garcia two stroke behind Rose, but he got one back with a birdie on 14 and worked a bit of magic on the par-5 15th, hitting the flagstick with his second shot before draining a 14-foot putt for his first career eagle at the Masters. Rose birdied the hole to keep pace and recorded another birdie on 16 while Garcia missed his 6-foot birdie putt, but Rose missed a 7-foot par putt on 17 to squander his advantage and both golfers parred the final hole, setting the stage for a sudden-death playoff starting on the 18th.

Rose was in trouble from his first swing of overtime, driving his ball into the trees. He missed a 15-foot par putt, leaving Garcia with two strokes to win from 12 feet. The 37-year-old only needed one putt to secure his first green jacket and send the crowd at Augusta National into a frenzy.

Garcia and Rose both shot a 3-under 69 in the final round, while Spieth shot a 3-over 75 and Fowler had his worst round of the tournament with a 4-over 76. Charl Schwartzel, Thomas Pieters, Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey, and Kevin Chappell all had excellent final rounds, shooting 68 or better to finish third through seventh, respectively. Rory McIlroy, who has won every major tournament other than the Masters, finished tied for seventh at 3-under after shooting a final-round 69, falling short of completing the grand slam yet again.