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Sergio Garcia won his first major in dramatic fashion by defeating Justin Rose in a playoff hole on Sunday at the 2017 Masters Tournament.

Garcia becomes the third Spaniard to wear the Green Jacket, joining Jose Maria Olazabal, who also triumphed twice at Augusta, in 1994 and 1999.

Garcia holed a 12-foot birdie to secure a long-awaited major title at the 74th time of asking at the expense of Rose, who found the pines off the tee and missed the fairway with his second shot. It wound up in the pine straw, and he had to pitch out since his second shot to the green was blocked by trees.

This was shaping up as another, especially after Garcia watched a three-shot lead disappear as quickly as it took Rose to run off three straight birdies on the front nine. After a bogey on No. 5, Rose birdied Nos.

And he finally made the breakthrough, by winning the first hole of a sudden-death play-off after he and Rose had both tied at nine under after 72 holes.

Just three years ago at the British Open, Garcia was in the hunt before a bogey at the par-3 15th dropped him three back and he eventually was second to victor Rory McIlroy. "I gave a decent account for myself and will come back next year and try again", Rory said before congratulating Garcia.

Then the fun began.

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However, he made one very amusing mistake - and Twitter brilliantly trolled him with some unbelievable responses.

Earlier in the day, an intense battle between the two good friends took place, as the lead swapped hands between them. But Garcia missed an eight-foot par putt and went on to drop a playoff to Ireland's Padraig Harrington.

The two hit classic shots into 18 and then hit forgettable putts.

Pieters was on the verge of contending until he bogeyed the 16th out of a bunker and finished fourth with Matt Kuchar, who aced the 16th.

Making the Sunday mouthwatering will be the American Ryder Cup duo ahead of them with the 28-year-old Rickie Fowler, five-under, going out with "buddy" 23-year-old Jordan Spieth at four-under.

FABULOUS FREDDIE: At 57, Fred Couples showed he still knows his way around Augusta National. McIlroy shot a 69 to finish three-under for a tie for seventh, while Spieth shot a disappointing 75, which pushed him out of the top ten, in tied eleventh.

Fast Forward to this year Sergio shot a mediocre 71 the first round which put him 6 shots off the lead but was 4th best of the day.


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