Justin Rose makes Masters vow: I will win it one day

But we know now that Sergio Garcia is off the list for good.

"That little two-shot swing there was kind of when he was back in the tournament", Rose said.

Garcia hit the ball from the base of a tree and over a small hill onto the putting green.

Many people were excited to see the young Spaniard, who grew up playing golf along the Mediterranean Sea, offer a challenge to Tiger Woods.

At least one commentator, though, took issue with the display of good will: Stephen A. Smith of ESPN. And then he kept winning. He won the Houston Open the week before just to get into the Masters and then played well throughout the week.

Yet, the most important note she left for Garcia was before Sunday which was a quote of her own.

The golfer with the most major starts before a first win, eclipsing Tom Kite in 2016, was finally shedding his almost man tag and that made it even more special. The player who often sparred with American galleries and was known to brood on the golf course was now smiling and joking and basking in the adulation accorded him by the patrons who chanted his name, "Sergio, Sergio".

Every fan base claims to be the rowdiest and most loyal in the National Football League, but only one team can truly hold the tile of best fans. Sergio was labeled a rising star and projected to win multiple major championships in his budding career.

The same goes for golf.

The 37-year-old Spaniard broke his Major duck at the 74th time of asking, having previously chalked up 23 top-10 finishes since his debut at the US PGA in 1999.

Now, Garcia is counted among the greats. It had looked as though it was slipping away from him as a three-shot lead early on in the final round disappeared as he wobbled at the start of Amen Corner. But he recovered to make a par. Battling with Justin Rose after whistling a short putt past the hole on 18, it was all set up for the usual disappointment, the now familiar anguish and a return to the dark depths of the soul reserved for second place.

However, he finally delivered by rolling home a birdie putt on the first playoff hole.

Garcia's win saw one of the most dramatic and emotional ends to a Masters, with him beating close Ryder Cup companion Justin Rose in a playoff on the 18th hole.

"Today I felt the calmest I've ever felt on a Major Sunday", Garcia said.

Anyway, Garcia was asked after winning the Masters on Sunday if he would wear the green jacket at his wedding.

He won nearly $2 million for his efforts.

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Dan Friedell adapted this story for Learning English based on a story from the Associated Press.

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