Garcia Delighted to Join Idols Ballesteros, Olazabal as Masters Champions

Justin Rose at the Masters

Newly-crowned Masters champion Sergio Garcia has targeted further Major titles after finally ending his wait for a maiden crown with victory at Augusta.

After four runner-up finishes at majors, the Spaniard ended close to two decades of heartbreak on Sunday at Augusta, beating England's Justin Rose in a play-off.

Sergio Garcia has secured the first major win of his career after edging out Britain's Justin Rose at the Masters.

Many sports fans got to know Sergio Garcia of Spain in 1999.

Murray has been caddie for most of Garcia's professional career with the South African reminiscing it was "almost from the beginning".

Garcia on Sunday became the third Spanish player to wear the famous green jacket after Jose Maria Olazabal and the legendary Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011, on what would have been Ballesteros's 60th birthday. "I feel like the game is in a better place with him winning a major instead of the other way around".

Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, was proud of the part he played in a compelling final round duel which saw Garcia finally break his Major hoodoo at the age of 37. It was never easy until the end, when Rose sent his drive into the trees on the 18th hole in the playoff, punched out and failed to save par from 15 feet.

"But lately I've been thinking a little bit different, a little bit more positive and kind of accepting, too, that if it for whatever reason didn't happen, my life is still going to go on". The fact that it came on what would have been his idol, Ballesteros' 60th birthday makes it all the more special for Garcia. "I'd love to be wearing the Green Jacket but if it wasn't me then I'm glad it is him", Rose told the BBC website.

"It's been such a long time coming", Garcia said after his win.

It would have been the birthday of Severiano Ballesteros, Garcia's countryman and mentor, and the two-time Augusta victor would have been so impressed with his persistence and application. "Ser-gee-oh! Ser-gee-oh!" the delirious gallery chanted to Garcia, who couldn't contain his emotion.

Sergio Garcia had built a three-shot lead on the front nine, and the Masters was his to lose. So this was the first one of four (major championships). He was also an intense Ryder Cup competitor who could irritate some of the American players with his fiery style. "That thought changed over the years as I started feeling uncomfortable on the course but I came to peace with it and accepted it". "I missed multiple putts and you can't do that".

"Everybody that is around me is helping me, making me not only a better golfer, but a better person", said Garcia.



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