Masters: Sergio Garcia beats Justin Rose in playoff

Masters: Sergio Garcia beats Justin Rose in playoff

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The Spaniard beat England’s Justin Rose on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff after the European Ryder Cup team-mates had fought an intense duel on an electrifying Sunday afternoon.

Garcia won his first major at his 74th attempt and became the third Spaniard to win the Masters after two-time champions Seve Ballesteros (1980, 1983), who would have been 60 today, and Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999).

The pair traded shots — and congratulations — in a head-to-head battle to rival the best Augusta has seen and emulate the remarkable shootout between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson in the British Open at Royal Troon in 2016.

The 37-year-old Garcia, who missed a six-foot putt to win on…



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