Saying Sergio Garcia’s first ever major victory at The Masters was dramatic would be an understatement.
The Spaniard started out the day tied for the lead with Justin Rose at six under. Everything was clicking for Garcia and he appeared to be in control. Rose, on the other hand, started out very cold. Garcia held a three-stroke lead after two birdies on the first three holes while Rose Bogeyed on the fifth.
Of course, Sunday at the Masters never fails to entertain; it was too early to give the upper hand to anyone.
Rose struck right back with three straight birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes which would put him back at the top of the leaderboard alongside Garcia.
Garcia has been known to collapse when it comes to the back nine. Although he was in cruise control in the front nine, this tendency came out once again. He had two bogeys to start out the back nine which gave Rose his first lead of the day. For what seemed to be the nail in the coffin on No. 13, when Garcia put his ball in the woods, was actually not too detrimental. He went on to earn a par on the next hole which, later on, would prove to be the crucial. If Garcia let this hole slip away from him, the 81st Masters would have seen a much different ending.
This propelled him to an eagle on No. 15 which was met with an eruption of cheers from the fans at Augusta National Golf Club.
The two approached the infamous 18th hole at Augusta even. Each had a chance to lock up a green jacket but missed very makeable puts. Zach Johnson, who missed the cut this week, was constantly tweeting; giving golf fans commentary about his perspective on the back and forth battle between these two.
Wow. They both hit great putts…just inaccurate reads. Fantastic golf. Neither deserves to lose. #couchanalyst
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) April 9, 2017
A poor tee shot on the first playoff hole by Rose would end up being the difference maker. Garcia only needed a par to win, but converted on his first put to secure his first major win with a birdie.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 9, 2017