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Masters 2017: Sergio Garcia wins at Augusta

Garcia defeats Rose in play-off drama as Rory admits he wasn't quite good enough

By Phil Casey

Five years after claiming he was not good enough to win a major, Sergio Garcia proved himself wrong in thrilling fashion by beating Justin Rose in a play-off for the Masters early this morning at Augusta.

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, the other being Jose Maria Olazabal.

The pair had finished tied on nine under par after closing rounds of 69, with Rose overturning an early three-stroke deficit to lead by a shot after 16 holes, only to bogey the 17th and then fail to convert a birdie attempt from seven feet on the last.

That left Garcia with a chance to win his first major title at the 74th attempt, but his putt from five feet slid past the hole and meant the first play-off at Augusta since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera in 2013.

The players returned to the 18th and Rose was unable to save par after pushing his drive into the trees and hitting a poor recovery, but Garcia finished an unforgettable day in style by holing from 12 feet for birdie.

Holywood's Rory McIlroy admitted he had simply not played well enough as his third attempt to complete the career grand slam failed to spark into life.

"It wasn't quite good enough. I gave a decent account for myself and will come back next year and try again," Rory said before congratulating Garcia.

Rory was quick to Tweet: 2 unbelievable players and 2 great friends, but I couldn't be happier for @TheSergioGarcia. You deserve it all amigo!!

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