Overnight co-leader and World No. 11 Sergio Garcia won his first major championship in his 74th overall major appearance, carding a final-round 3-under-par 34-35=69 to match playing competitor Justin Rose with 72-hole aggregates of 9-under 279, and then won the 81st Masters with birdie on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th.
This was the Spaniard's 313th career start (310 pro) and 19th Masters. He'd been a runner-up four times in majors, most recently at the 2014 Open Championship, and his previous best at Augusta was T4 in 2004. The 37-year-old, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, claims his 10th PGA TOUR title, first since his come-from-behind (playoff) win at the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson. After opening in 71-69, he was one of four co-leaders, and began tied with Rose after a third-round 70. Garcia found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.61 average putts per hole with zero 3-putts. He circled the first and third to go out in 2-under, still tied with Rose, gave back two at 10 and 11 to fall two behind, but salvaged par on 13 despite an errant tee shot (and penalty). Garcia clawed back with birdie-3 at 14 and eagle at the par-5 15th, and missed birdie from five feet at 18 to win in regulation, but dropped the winner in sudden death from 12 feet. Apr 9 - 7:53 PM