Maybe it was because he had felt Ballesteros’s presence all week, but García, 37, said he felt serene.
Whatever happened, García told himself, he would drive out Magnolia Lane at the end of his 19th Masters appearance having improved upon his career-best fourth-place finish from 2004.
“I felt much calmer than I felt on any major championship Sunday,” García said.
Though Garcia and Rose are long-time friends and Ryder Cup teammates, they could not be more different in the way they approach courses. Rose is the artist who studiously stays inside the lines; Garcia is the one who paints by feel.
But on the first hole of the playoff,…