AUGUSTA, Ga. -- You can't make this stuff up.
Sergio Garcia birdied in a sudden death playoff with Justin Rose on the 18th hole to win The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday.
It's his first major tournament win in his long career after 74 attempts. The Spaniard's previous best at The Masters had been a tie for fourth in 2004.
Rose, who hit 3-under on Sunday, ended up in the pine straw after his tee shot in the playoff. He bogeyed on the hole, and Garcia had two chances to putt for the win. He just needed one.
There was a roar from the crowd and chants of "Sergio" as the 37-year-old hugged his wife, and prepared himself to go receive his green jacket.
Garcia and Rose each had a chance to birdie on the 18th hole before the playoff. Justin Rose missed his 7-footer first and settled for par. Garcia, with a chance to win, missed his putt from 5 feet out, and knocked his in for par to go to the playoff.
Garcia and Rose each finish the tournament 9-under.
Garcia is the third Spaniard to win the Masters. It was the 17th playoff in Masters history.
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