Garcia doesn't have to worry about that any longer.
Sergio Garcia's sudden-death victory in the Masters marked the completion of golf's first major on the 2017 calendar.
Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts after putting on his green jacket after winning the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017.
Garcia shot second and went even better, inside the Englishman by at least half, coming in around the other side of the flag. "I thought I had it on 18 (in regulation)". "It's not easy, because I know how much of a hard-headed man I can be sometimes, but it's been great".
QUOTEWORTHY: "I felt a calmness that I never felt on a major Sunday. And I hit probably one of the best putts I hit all week".
Playing the 18th hole again, Rose got in trouble with an errant tee shot, forcing him to punch out from behind a giant magnolia tree.
Garcia celebrates a clutch putt early in his final round against Rose.
He grimaced a bit, no doubt remembering the little 6-footer that skidded by the cup on No. 13, when he had a chance to put Garcia away after the Spaniard drove one under an azalea bush.
Indeed, Rose seemed genuinely happy for a player he considers both a rival and a friend.
Coincidentally, Sunday would have been the 60th birthday of the great Ballesteros, who died back in 2011. But the putt missed to the right this time, and Garcia made it a moot point by rolling in his birdie.
He climbed up the leaderboard with four birdies on the front nine. Before I won at Merion (in 2013) I said "you're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them". "He deserves it, he's had his fair share of heartache".
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Rose turned things around with three straight birdies from Nos. He suffered a double bogey at the tricky par three on Sunday. But for the most part I'm not going to sit here and second-guess one or two shots. Rose walked off the 11th green with a two-shot lead. I still have a bunch of good years in me and feel this is one I can still knock off. Sergio and Justin played great golf. I think I showed my character, my mentality.
"Could I have made the putt on 17?"
After taking a penalty drop Garcia was able to pitch on to the fairway and save par from 90 yards, while Rose's approach ran just through the back of the green.
The Spaniard and Englishman began the final round sharing top spot on the leaderboard, with American young guns Rickie Fowler and 2015 victor Jordan Spieth in hot pursuit.
"I knew I needed to make that putt to stay with it". He said, 'I'm not sharing my locker at the moment, and I hope that I get to do it with you'.
Garcia (71-69-70-69) and Rose (71-72-67-69) were the only golfers to play all four rounds this week at par or under.
It was the 37-year-old's first major triumph at the 74th attempt and came after a number of near-misses in the game's biggest events, including four runners-up finishes among 22 top-10s.
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