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Garcia eyes more majors

21 April 2017, 08:10 | Joan Schultz

Justin Rose is consoled by Sergio Garcia after their dramatic playoff duel

Justin Rose is consoled by Sergio Garcia after their dramatic playoff duel

Garcia produced a remarkable comeback after seeing a three-shot lead turn into a two-shot deficit with seven holes to play, and the pair both missed great birdie chances on the 72nd hole to take the enthralling duel into sudden-death.

That gave the 37-year-old Spaniard two putts from 12 feet for the victory, and his putt swirled into the cup for a birdie.

In the end, when he needed two putts after Rose missed his putt for par.

Sergio Garcia is a major champion, and that reality is still reverberating through the golf and sporting world the day after the 2017 Masters.

After four runner-up finishes and years of self doubt, Spain's Garcia finally delivered the long-awaited title that seemed destined to forever elude him. Then he followed that by saying that he's glad that he can be asked about being the best player to only win one major in the future.

His hopes were fading Sunday in the Masters - two shots behind with six holes to play - when his tee shot bounced off a tree and into an azalea bush, the kind of bad luck he had come to expect in the majors.

A month later he finished second to Tiger Woods in the US PGA Championship at the age of 19, but had since recorded a further 21 top-10 finishes without tasting success.

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But the Olympic champion sees no reason why he can not challenge for a green jacket again and is already turning his focus to the next three majors, with the U.S. Open at Erin Hills just over two months away. He lost a three-shot lead in the final round at Carnoustie in the 2007 British Open, and after losing in a playoff to Padraig Harrington, he said he was playing against "more than the field", intimating that somehow, the golfing gods were out to get him, too.

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He also praised Garcia's great performance developed in the first four rounds of the competition and said that the golfer had written a golden chapter in one of the major championships in men's professional golf.

Garcia earned a $1.98 million at Augusta National - the richest prize in Masters history.

The thing most noticed over the final five holes of regulation and in the playoff, was that Garcia and Rose were pulling for each other. Sunday would've been Seve's 60th birthday.

Both players shot 3-under 69s on Sunday before heading into the playoff. "I feel motivated for the summer, and I will be moving on and setting goals very quickly after this". He crouched one more time, placing his hand on the green and then slamming his fist into the turf. "But I knew what I was capable of doing, and I believe that I could do it".

Down the years I've been fortunate to interview the new, richly deserved Masters champion numerous times with the first occasion being just before the Open Championship at Royal Lytham in 1996.

"Everybody that supported me, my sponsors, my moments that unfortunately didn't go the way I wanted".

From there, Garcia birdied 14 and eagled 15 to pull into a tie at 9 under.

"I don't know if it hasn't sunk in or something but it doesn't feel that different".

"Could I have made the putt on 17?"



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