Sergio Garcia Wins The 2017 Masters Tournament
The 37-year old from Spain finally captured a major championship.
Sergio Garcia won his first green jacket at age 37, taking the 2017 Masters Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
He came back to defeat Justin Rose, the Briton with whom he was tied at the beginning of Sunday’s action. The win in Augusta was also the first major championship of his career, and his fans will tell you it was a long time coming. The spirit of Seve Ballesteros smiled down on his fellow Spaniard on what would have been his 60th birthday.
For a while, it appeared Justin Rose would be the one to don the green jacket for the first time. As it turned out, it was Sergio Garcia’s time after a classic late comeback at Augusta.
The number 11 golf player in the world will get a favorable bump in the international rankings.
Sergio Garcia: 2017 Masters Final Round
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Rose trailed Garcia by three strokes early in the first round, but where Garcia was inconsistent, Rose held strong. That is, until late in the back nine, when Sergio Garcia started roaring with an eagle at 15. This closed a two-stroke deficit to bring it all square.
Rose went on to birdie 16 to retake a one-shot lead, but following his bogey at 17, the two entered the 72nd hole in a tie. Both golfers were nine-under par with short putts to potentially win the Masters. Each man missed, and thanks to pars on 18, sudden death golf came.
When Justin Rose put his tee shot in the pine straw, Sergio Garcia had his moment. Garcia made birdie on the 73rd hole while Rose shot a bogey, giving Sergio his elusive green jacket.
2017 Masters Final Round: Other Contenders
2015 champion Jordan Spieth, who began the day two back of the leaders, wasted no time in falling backwards. Spieth on the day through two, but from three onward made four bogeys and a double. He would recover to get back to minus-1, but between his body language and untimely shots was never in it.
Charley Hoffman, who led after day one and hung around within a few strokes, also dropped off on Sunday. After beginning at minus-4, he finished at 1-over for the tournament.
Rickie Fowler, also a contender on the final day, shot a 76 to close far outside the Masters lead.