Spain’s Sergio Garcia has ended a long wait for his first major title, beating England’s Justin Rose in a play-off at Augusta after a thrilling duel on the back nine.
On what would have been the 60th birthday of two-time champion Seve Ballesteros, Garcia became the third Spanish winner at Augusta National with a birdie on the first extra hole following a sensational duel with his Ryder Cup team-mate.
A delighted crowd chanted “Sergio, Sergio!” as he celebrated on the 18th green.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he told CBS after the final round.
“I knew I was playing well, I felt today the calmest I’ve ever felt on a major Sunday.
Rose, who was looking to become the first European player to win the Masters and US Open, said: “Lots of good things happened today. It was a wonderful battle and if there is anyone you want to lose to it’s Sergio. He deserves it, he’s had his fair share of heartache.
“I felt I had it under control round the turn, he obviously rallied and had a great comeback with the save on 13, the birdie on 14 and eagle on 15. Other than that I had it won.
“This is a tournament I am going to win one day. I’ve been in the last group a couple of times and shot 14 under when Jordan (Spieth) won. I feel really confident here, this my favourite tournament of the year. I still have a bunch of good years in me and feel this is one I can still knock off.”