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Sergio Garcia wins Masters to end long major drought



AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 9 (Reuters) - Spain's Sergio Garcia ended nearly two decades of major disappointment when he beat England's Justin Rose in a playoff to win the U.S. Masters on Sunday, donning the Green Jacket on the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.

After 73 majors, four heartbreaking runner-up finishes and years of self doubt, Garcia finally delivered the long awaited title when his 10-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole dropped into the cup at the par-four 18th, triggering a massive cheer from a gallery that had been on the edge of their seats.

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates winning the Masters with caddie Glenn Murray during a playoff against Justin Rose of England in the final round of the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Justin Rose of England (L) and Sergio Garcia of Spain shake hands after finishing regulation play tied in the final round of the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain walks onto the 18th green during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Patrons cheer as Sergio Garcia of Spain (R) celebrates winning the Masters with a putt on the 18th green during a playoff against Justin Rose of England in the final round of the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia (R)of Spain reacts after Justin Rose (L) of England misses a putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Justin Rose (C) of England and Sergio Garcia (R) of Spain shake hands on the 18th hole before going into a playooff during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia (R) of Spain talks with caddie Glen Murray as he walks off the 18th hole prior to a playoff during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to making a putt for eagle on the 15th green during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain walks off the 18th green before his playoff with Justin Rose (not pictured) of England during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Sergio Garcia of Spain embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Justin Rose of England congratulates Sergio Garcia of Spain after Garcia won on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Deadlocked after nine holes, the two friends and rivals produced an enthralling back nine showdown worthy of any Masters champion.

Garcia and Rose finished tied on nine under par at the end of regulation and sent the year's first major to a playoff when both missed birdie putts and settled for pars at the 72nd hole.

It marked the first Masters playoff since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera to become the first Australian to wear the Green Jacket in 2013 at Augusta National.

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Iconic moments in the history of the Masters Tournament
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AUGUSTA, UNITED STATES: Golfer Tiger Woods (R) of the US celebrates with his caddie Steve Williams after making the winning putt on the 18th green 10 April 2005 during the final round of the 2005 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Woods beat fellow American Chris DiMarco in a one-hole play-off to take his fourth Masters title. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
APR 1986: JACK NICKLAUS OF THE UNITED STATES HOLES A BIRDIE PUTT AT THE 17TH HOLE OF THE 1986 US MASTERS IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. NICKLAUS GOES ON TO BECOME THE OLDEST WINNER OF THE TOURNAMENT.
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14: Adam Scott of Australia reacts alongside caddie Steve Williams after Scott makes a birdie putt on the second sudden death playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera of Argentina (far right) to win the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, : Ben Crenshaw and his caddie Carl Jackson(L) react to his winning the 1995 Masters Tournament on the eighteenth hole 09 April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Crenshaw, the 1984 Champion, won with a score of fourteen under-par. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson of the United States leaps on the 18th green after his birdie captured his win in the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 11, 2004.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque JLS
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Bubba Watson of the United States plays at a shot from the rough on second sudden death playoff hole on the 10th during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
14 Apr 1996: Greg Norman of Australia sinks to his knees in frustration after narrowly missing the hole with his chip shot on the 15th during the final round of the 1996 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Munday/Allsport
13 Apr 1997: Tiger Woods of the USA celebrates after sinking a 4 feet putt to win the US Masters at Augusta, Georgia. Woods won the tournament with a record low score of 18 under par. \ Mandatory Credit: Stephen Munday /Allsport
12 Apr 1987: Larry Mize of the USA celebrates chipping in on the second play-off hole number 11 to win the masters during the US Masters 1987 held at the Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon /Allsport
Honorary starters Arnold Palmer (L) of the US, Gary Player (R) of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus of the US begin Round 1 of the 79th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2015, in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Gary Player of South Africa holes the winning putt on the 18th green during the 42nd Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 1978 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)
APR 1992: FRED COUPLES DURING THE 1992 MASTERS AT AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/ALLSPORT
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