Wearing the coveted green jacket, the 2017 Masters winner looked up and pointed skywards in tribute to his mentor.
“I think he would be proud of me,” the 37-year-old Garcia told CNN Sport.
The Spaniard had ended his 18-year wait for a major since turning professional on what would have been the 60th birthday of five-time major winner Ballesteros, who died in 2011.
“We’d probably have a little glass of wine together,” said Garcia, the third Spaniard to win at Augusta, following Ballesteros’s breakthrough win for Europe in 1980 and again in 1983 and Jose Maria Olazabal’s victories in 1994 and 1999.
“It was special to do it on what would have been his 60th birthday, on a place that I know…