In what must rank as one of the finest Masters finishes ever, Sergio Garcia finally broke through for his elusive first Major championship victory in a final round that had almost everything.
Garcia was paired with Justin Rose in the final group, and together they led throughout the whole final round, leaving their opponents to fight for the minor placings. Even a hole-in-one at the 16th by Matt Kuchar to get him to -5 barely caused a ripple on the group at the rear as they fought each other back and forth for the entire final day.
Watch Matt Kuchar's hole-in-one on No. 16 to move into a tie for third. #themasters pic.twitter.com/fyh44hVSuh— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 9, 2017
Starting the day together at -6, Sergio got away early to -8 and it looked as though he was away. But Justin hung in, and as Sergio faltered he stuck solid, On the 14th Tee, Justin lead by two strokes after a disappointing par at 13, while Sergio had somehow scrambled for his par. Sergio then birdied 14 to move within one, and hit the stick to almost hole out for an albatross at 15. His eagle and Justin's birdie meant they were square going to 16, when Rose again birdied to go one ahead. The tide turned again at 17 where Rose bogeyed, and with two birdie putts missed at 18 it was off to a play-off.
The tension just never dropped. Justin was caught in the pine needles with his drive, and then fluffed his second before finding the green with his third. Sergio went up the right side before nailing his second to the middle of the green. Justine missed his par putt, which left Sergio two putts for his first major.
No man currently on the PGA Tour more deserved to win a major tournament than Sergio Garcia. There is no one in the world who would want to take it away from him. His victory probably leaves Lee Westwood as the 'most deserving' current player still yet to hold a major trophy aloft.
The camaraderie between Sergio and Justin today was just magnificent. Rose again fought hard to become a multiple major winner, and you would suspect that his second won't be far away.
Congrats @TheSergioGarcia— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) April 10, 2017
Incredible battle out there. Sport in the moment can be tough. But it's just sport. Hope you guys enjoyed it. pic.twitter.com/er7OzrdTgA
Another brilliant Masters tournament comes to an end. As the catchphrase goes on Fox Sports these days, "How good is golf!"