Vying for a second major title in 52 major appearances (2013 U.S. Open), overnight co-leader and World No. 14 Justin Rose authored a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the 81st Masters to match 54-hole co-leader Sergio Garcia on 9-under 279, and then lost on the first hole of sudden death, the par-4 18th.
After opening in 71-72-67, the 36-year-old co-led with Garcia, one clear of Rickie Fowler. He opened with four pars and bogey-5, falling three behind Garcia, but fought back with three straight birdies at 6-8. The Englishman went two ahead with pars at 10 and 11, halved the par-5 13th with par, and dipped to one clear after Garcia birdied 14. Rose circled the par-5 15th, but was tied by Garcia's eagle-3. He seemed to take control at the par-3 16th, curling in an 8-footer for birdie, while Garcia missed his from about the same distance, but opened the door with bogey at 17 (failed sand save), missing the par-saver from 7'0". After both players missed makeable birdie tries on the 72nd hole, Rose's errant tee shot on the first playoff hole led to bogey, while Garcia rolled in birdie from 12'0". This was Rose's 12th Masters and second runner-up (2015), and his 11th runner-up in 295 career starts, second this season in eight events (2nd, Sony Open). Apr 9 - 8:30 PM