Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

Apr 12, 2017, 01:21

Spieth had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his Masters debut in 2014 and was runner-up to Bubba Watson. Working his way to the top of the leaderboard is just what he does here -and he has done it again.

"I feel great", said Spieth who has fought back from an opening 75. So this was the first one of four.

"I mean, it's cliche here at the Masters, but it all starts on the back nine", said Scott.

Throughout the final day, the two golfers acknowledged one another's well-played shots.

Ballesteros, who died in 2011 at age 54 of brain cancer, and Jose Maria Olazabal each won the Masters champion green jacket twice and were the event's only Spanish champions until Garcia's breakthrough.

Spieth is relishing this new role of his, that of the hard-charging pursuer.

On what would have been the 60th birthday of two-time champion Seve Ballesteros, Garcia became the third Spanish victor at Augusta National with a birdie on the first extra hole following a sensational duel with his Ryder Cup team-mate. Right ahead of them will be Fowler and Spieth, who are also good friends. Now, he's going for the green jacket. Garcia had a birdie from 10 feet and the ball circled the lip as it were and then dropped to spark of an emotional display by the victor.

This was shaping up as another, especially after Garcia watched a three-shot lead disappear as quickly as it took Rose to run off three straight birdies on the front nine.

"It was key, it was necessary, I had to have it", Spieth said. "Even after the two bogeys, I knew I could still do it". I gave myself a chip and a chair. He chipped out under the tree, hit his third shot to 15 feet and missed the par putt. "My goal was two a side, and I did that". He missed that for a three-putt bogey.

"I don't overpower it", he said. "So it's really just kind of thinking around it and using a bit of experience". And who could blame him for the lack of confidence?

The 28-year-old has had some big moments in golf, winning prestigious tournaments like the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2015. "So I'm certainly going to go for broke tomorrow". And being calm and not letting things get to me that I've done in the past. And he threw away a five-shot lead on the back nine past year for another runner-up finish.

"I may as well swing freely", he said. "I just want to win here".

"I knew I and to make a par there". I plan to be aggressive. Spieth reiterated time and again that he was over what happened past year.