"It's wonderful to do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazábal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it's something awesome", Garcia said, accepting his Green Jacket in Butler Cabin.
"It's wonderful. To do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it's something awesome", Garcia said.
"Jose Maria texted on Thursday saying how much he believed in me and to believe in myself". "I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place.in any major".
"The most positive thing is that I feel like I have so much room for improvement".
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, talks to Justin Rose, of England, after making his birdie putt on the 18th green to win the Masters golf tournament after a playoff Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.
They were on level terms two holes later after Garcia nearly made an albatross at the par-five 15th, his eight-iron second landing inches short of the hole before brushing the pin and trickling 14 feet away, from where he made his eagle putt.
Rose reached 8 under with a birdie on 8 and stayed there all the way to 15 while Garcia gave shots away at 10 and 11.
And even after Garcia rebounded with a dramatic eagle at the 15th hole to tie Rose, the echoes of doom surfaced again on the following hole. His second shot, an 8-iron from 192 yards out, almost flew into the hole and left him 14 feet away from a 3.
Sunday at the Masters was a most joyous occasion, far different from when Garcia teed it up in his first major as a pro in the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie. It seems to have worked because Garcia overturned a two-shot deficit against Justin Rose to win on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Rose birdied to match Garcia, then birdied the par-3 16th only to bogey and remain deadlocked to set up the closing drama. Rose's approach hit off the side of the bunker and kicked onto the green, stopping 7 feet away. "And I hit one of the best putts I hit all week".
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He said the results weren't shocking, "just a little freakish". I felt great over the ball. "I felt positive. I felt confident".
The Spaniard and Englishman began the final round sharing top spot on the leaderboard, with American young guns Rickie Fowler and 2015 victor Jordan Spieth in hot pursuit. Fowler bogeyed his final three and shot 76. Rose, this year's runner's up, and Rory McIlroy are the only other golfers under par and the only other golfers with 26 shots of Spieth since the start of the 2014 tournament.
Poulter, 41, has played in 53 majors and has one runner-up, two thirds and eight top-10 finishes. "You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard", he said.
"I was really interested and surprised that nobody was able to make a run during the front nine", Rose said. I still believed that there were a lot of holes that I could get to.
Phil Mickelson leaped - not very high - when he finally won his first major at Augusta National in 2004.
"It was a wonderful battle with Sergio", Rose said Sunday evening, "I just needed one or two putts coming in".
"I thought I had it on 18", Garcia said. "I'd like to win three or four green jackets, but one would be enough".
The cries of "Sergio" rang out across the azaleas at the iconic Augusta National course in Georgia as the natives accepted the right man was winning their tournament.
Along with the happy reflections of the people around him - including Angela Akins, the former Golf Channel reporter he plans to marry in July - that final burst of emotion was thinking about "moments that unfortunately didn't go the way I wanted".