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Sergio Garcia overcomes Sudden Death playoff to become the 2017 Masters Champion

2017 Masters

Sergio Garcia. Image: @TheMasters

Sergio Garcia secured a major title victory at The Augusta National, finally shedding the title of ‘the best player without a major’ at the seventy fourth attempt.

The Spaniard edged his Ryder cup team mate Justin Rose in a sudden death playoff.

Victory sees Garcia become the third Spanish winner of the green jacket, following on from Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros, who would have turned sixty on the final day of the tournament.

Garcia produced a remarkable comeback after seeing his three shot lead turn into a two shot deficit with seven holes to play.

After both Rose and Garcia missed the chance to putt for a birdie and the win on the final hole of the tournament, a duel of Sudden Death loomed for both players.

The pair would return to the eighteenth tee, where Garcia would have two putts for the victory after Rose pushed his drive into the tree.

Olympic Champion Rose would show great sportsmanship and humility in congratulating his good friend.

It remains to be seen what the outcome of the tournament would have been had World Number One Dustin Johnson not withdrawn through injury after he falling down stairs just one day before the Masters began.

Many expected the heavyweights of golf to take full advantage of Johnson’s absence but the favourites Jordan Speith and Rory Mcilroy faltered on the final day.

Garcia’s victory concluded a memorable Masters that kick starts the 2017 season of Golf.

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