Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

Garcia birdied the 18th hole, minutes after seeing a shorter birdie try on the same green stay right of the cup, to beat Justin Rose on the first playoff hole of the 81st Masters, the 37-year-old's first major championship after almost two decades of questions of if he'd ever win one.

The gold medal-winning Olympian was hoping to become the first US Open and Masters champion from England but saw his hopes dashed in a play off against close friend Sergio Garcia on an incredible Masters Sunday.

At the 17th Rose went into the sand and he couldn't save it so the bogey took him back down to -9 as Garcia missed his birdie putt, which meant they were level going into the 18th. "I'd love to be wearing the Green Jacket but if it wasn't me then I'm glad it is him".

Garcia had to endure two decades of self doubt after featuring in 73 majors, with four runner-up finishes.

"I felt pretty much in control of my game and the tournament for the most part all day, and Sergio did what he had to do to make a run and I came back at him", Rose said. He ensured that it would be a two-horse race as he produced an incredible eagle on the 15th to draw level with Rose at nine under.

He had to accept a one-shot penalty because he could not access his ball, but he still found a way to enter the normal.

"He deserves it, he's had his fair share of heartache". Garcia would then hit his second shot to about 10 feet away. He followed with a great round on Saturday to finish -4 and climb within two strokes of the lead. And then to play the two shots he did on the playoff hole, they were struck perfectly.

While understandably disappointed after such a near miss, reigning Olympic champion Rose, whose sole major success to date came in 2013 when he became the first English victor of the US Open for 43 years at Merion, expressed his happiness for his friend and European Ryder Cup teammate.

Garcia squatted and shook with excitement, rose and screamed with joy and hugged good pal Rose before walking around the green to revel in the moment, pumping his fist and punching the green in delight.

But on the back side, Garcia looked to suffer another heartbreaking major collapse with bogeys at the 10th and 11th before hooking his tee shot into the hazard at the par-5 13th.

"I don't think I helped him whatsoever on the round", Spieth said. And obviously this is something I wanted to do for a long time but, you know, it never felt like a horror movie.

"But I'm really happy for Sergio". He chipped out under the tree, hit his third shot to 15 feet and missed the par putt.

"It's going to sting for sure", said.

Jordan Spieth, starting the final round only two shots behind, put another tee shot into the water on No. 12 long after it mattered.

Spieth erased the bogey with a birdie on the second hole, but that was his last birdie until the end of the round.

"I probably hit one of the best 8-irons I ever hit", Garcia said.