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The Masters: US Augusta 2017: As it happened, recap, Sergio Garcia wins the Masters

US MASTERS 2017

The Masters: US Augusta 2017: As it happened, recap, Sergio Garcia wins the Masters

The Masters: US Augusta 2017: As it happened, recap, Sergio Garcia wins the Masters

Andrew Redington

AFP

Garcia edged out Rose at Augusta to end his wait for a first major title and become the third Spaniard to pull on the green jacket
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The Masters: recap

Sergio Garcia becomes the third Spanish golfer to win the Masters after a nervous playoff win over Justin Rose after Seven Ballesteros and José María Olazábal.

On what would have been Ballesteros' 60th birthday, Garcia finished off an emotional win when he birdied at the 18th in a sudden death playoff after Rose hit his tee shot too close to the trees to recover. 

The match went to the extra hole after Rose and Garcia finished level on nine-under par 279 after four rounds. Garcia, seeking his first major title in 74 attempts, had missed a birdie putt for victory on the 18th hole.

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1:31 | Sergio Garcia is the third player from Spain to win the Masters. On Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday, Garcia has tears in his eyes.

1:29 | And that is surely that? Rose misses and then pokes it in for a bogey. Sergio Garcia has two putts to win the Masters.

1:27 | Both Rose and Garcia with almost identical putts now that they had just minutes ago when they played the 18th in regulation. rose first up. Let's see what he can do.

1:25 | Rose is going to have a 18 foot shot to the hole. Sergio needs a two putt now provided rose doesn't hole his. Garcia has to bee feeling confident.

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1:24 | Sergio looks on nervously. He gets it to within 12 feet of the whole. 

1:23 | Ball is in Garcia's court. Rose's shot only goes about 40 yards and he is not happy. Garcia just needs to make sure not to make a big mistake here and he is good for his first Masters.

1:22 | Rose has a lot to think about. He is going to have to punch it out because going high is a non-runner. He has a tree in front of him. He could try it, I suppose, but that could be disasterous.

1:20 | Sergio loves his shot! He hits it right down the middle. 

1:18 | Rose hits the trees and it comes back out again but it0's still not ideal. He has a lot of work to do. Sergio Garcia up now. he needs to do better, and by just hitting it safe could see him win this.

1:17 | Both players arrive at the tee at 18 in their golf buggies. This is Justin Rose's first career playoff in a major.

1:03 | Rose misses it. He misses it just to the right but he gets his par. He is nine under now and Garcia has a chance. He can't putt it and we are going to a playoff. 

00:59 | My word. Sergio lands it just five feet away from the hole. Both men looking for birdie and you have to say that Garcia is the favourite now.

00:58 | Rose has ten feet for birdie. Garcia lines up his shot with plenty of pressure on this. He has to be aggressive. 

00:55 | And Garcia said, "My mentality has kind of changed a little bit, the way I’m thinking things, particularly this week here at Augusta. But I’ve definitely had some good breaks throughout all three rounds.” He needs another break now!

00:54 | Justin Rose said yesterday, "I’m certainly not getting ahead of myself. Tomorrow is a huge day. I have an opportunity. That’s all you want, but really it starts on the back nine on Sunday.” This is it now. The back nine is drawing to a close and they are approaching the green at the 18th and he most certainly has a chance.

00:52 | Rose is perfect too. This one could be headed for a playoff.

00:52 | Garcia is delightd with that tee shot. It's right down the middle. Rose up!

00:49 | All square at nine under as Garcia lands the par. Nine under heading to the last.

00:49 | Rose drops a shot! He hits a bogey and Garcia has a chance to take the lead.

00:48 | Sergio Garcia doesn't hit it anywhere near close enough. He needed that one but it comes up short by about a foot. 

00:48 | Rose clips it onto the green now and looks good for par. Garcia really, really needs this.

00:44 | Garcia has a go for it. He ends up 25 feet from the green for the birdie. He could make back that shot now. Let's see what Rose can do out of the bunker.

00:43 | Rose hits it into the bunker at the front right of the green. difficult shot. Garcia with the pin right in front of him takes aim for his second shot.

00:41 | Justin Rose aiming for his first Masters and his second Major. He came second at Augusta in 2015 and he won the US Open in 2013. This one would be special for him. He takes a drop now as it seems there was a sprinkler head, or something to that effect where his ball landed close to the 17th fairway. 

00:36 | Rose with a drive out to the right. It's in the second cut as Sergio Garcia steps up. Just a reminder:

Rose -10

Garcia - 9

We are on the 17th hole at Augusta.

00:34 | Garcia can't sink it. He pars and sits one back with two to play. He missed by just an inch on the right lip as it broke to soon.

00:34 | No sign of nerves from Rose as he holes his second shot. Ten under now. Sergio's turn.

00:30 | Another wonderful tee shot by Rose. both inside five feet as they will have a putting competition to see if either can take the lead? Or if one of them bottles it? Two golfers playing with utter confidence and class. Brilliant to watch.

00:29 | Sergio Garcia catching fire. He has four feet now for birdie on the 16th. 

00:26 | Sergio Garcia lands the eagle and Rose lands a par. Both men on nine under now. This one is going down to the wire!

00:25 | Rose misses right but no problem as he should birdie this. Garcia is about to take his shot for eagle! This could change the entire complexion of the leaderboard.

00:20 | Rose's second shot looks good. It lands at the back of the green. Garcia's second shot hits the flag and has ten feet for an eagle. A birdie, at the very least, looks likely now for Garcia!

00:13 | Rose with a "clutch par-saving putt" as Garcia nabs a birdie. 

00:12 | Sergio gets to seven under now and within one of Justin Rose. It's all to play for now with four holes to play.

00:08 | Really nice shot by Sergio as he looks for a birdie on the 14th. He needs to chase Rose now and he might be able to manage that with a birdie here. The onus is on him to make a move! 

00:04 | Rickie Fowler for birdie on the 15th. He misses that. Remains on four under.

23:59 | Justin Rose had the chance to go three ahead but he misses the birdie putt and has to settle for par. So close as it shaves the right edge of the hole. That might give Garcia a boost. He was reeling before that.

23:58 | Sergio Garcia manages to save par after that hoorendous drive! He stays on six under and remains just two behind Justin Rose.

23:57 | Rory McIlroy finishes with a 69. A really good orund for McIlroy but nowhere near the 64 he needed. He finished on -3.

23:54 | Garcia scrambles now and has a chance of saving par. He is about eight feet away from the hole after his third shot on the 13th. 

23:51 | Sergio plops it back onto the fairway. He is struggling now as he climbs back over the creek. Rose in the middle of the fairway. He launches a shot towards the green with his second, but it might be just slightly beyond the green and close the bunkers at the back. 

23:38 | Sergio takes a drop and he can't even get that right at the moment. He has to drop again as the first one rolled out of the drop area. He manages to get it right this time. 

23:45 | Pieters falls back to five under. He gives Sergio Gacria sole ownership of second place. Garcia's tee shot on the 12th, however, has gone way left and he might not like this when he get down to it. 

23:41 | Sergio Garcia pars after two bogeys in a row. He remains on six under.

23:32 | Here is a look a tthe players in contention:

Rose -8

Garcia -6

Pieters -6

Kuchar -5

Scott -4

Schwarzel -4

Fowler -4

McIlroy -3

Casey -3

Chappel -3

23:32 | Pieters definitely becomes relevant again. He just birdied and moves to six under as Garcia drops a shot at 11 and sits on six under too. Rose leads by two.

23:30 | Sergio is going to drop a shot. He misses the par put and marks before he tries for bogey. Rose, on the other hand, has to suffice with a par. He misses the birdie putt from 12 yards out. "A golden opportunity" is how the Masters commentator puts it.  

23:29 | Adam Scott with a couple of birdies now to bring himself back to four under par after 14.

23:25 | Another roar from the crowd. Just 12 feet now for birdie for Rose. Can he extend his lead?

23:22 | Sergio is in a horrible position behind a tree. He is between a tree and a green place (a bush). He hits it nicely and it lrolls right close to the green. 

23:22 | Pieters gets to five under now too with a birdie at 14 as he goes joint second.

23:20 | Kuchar lands a hole in one at the 16th and is now five under. Another two hole in ones now and he will take the lead! He is delighted with himself and that could make a massive difference to his standings at the end. A young fan at the back is the lucky owner of the ball as Kuchar gives it to him. The 19th hole in one in Masters history.

23:13 | Nothing fancy but that par puts Rose one up as they make their way to Amen Corner.

23:12 | Sergio did not quite roll all the way down the other side of the green but he will bogey this one. He taps in on the tenth. That is his first dropped shot today. Justin Rose looking to go into the lead now with his own par putt on the 10th.

23:09 | Oh my! Sergio tries to recover after a poor second shot that sees him way off the fairway and in the mulch. He lofts it high and it rolls across the other side of the green and down. He will be lucky to reocver from this one. Rose plays it safe on his third and is looking goof for a par.

23:08 | Rickie Fowler drops a shot at 11 as he misses a realtively straight forward putt for par. Four back now from the leaders.

23:06 | Thomas Pieters lands a birdie on the 13 and takes himself to four under. He's hoping for another couple of birdies and some dropped shots from the top two. Still in with a shout though.

22:55 | Rose lines up a shot now on the ninth. He is going for parand hoping to get up and down, and he does. Garcia trying to do the same after his excellent second shot that he could not turn into a birdie with his third. He manages a par too as we head into the second nine! The 81st Masters is just nine holes from being finished. Who will win it? Neck and neck right now between Garcia and Rose.

22:49 | Rose at nine lands the ball on the green but he has plenty of work to do after that. Garcia, with his second shot, is 188 yards to the hole and he really attacks the hole. He lands it almost twenty feet closer than Rose did and is in prime position not to retake the outright lead.

22:44 | Charl Schwartzel sinks a birdie and is now on four under after 11. Worth consideration?

22:42 | Rose to tee off now at the ninth.

22:40 | Justin Rose for birdie on the eight hole. He sinks it. Three birdies in a row now for Rose and he is the co-leader along with Garcia. 

22:37 | Fowler on the 9th, just off the green, and he chips it on and within feet if the hole. He should manage par from there.

22:33 | Fowler gets back to five under after a birdie on five. It's the third birdie in a row at that hole for the American. Still has work to do to catch Garcia and Rose.

22:27 | Wooo! Justin Rose with back-to-back birdies to make sure Sergio Garcia does not have it all his own way on the final day. He is just one off the lead now. It actually took a bogey on the fifth before Rose sprung to life. He is certainly in the mood now. Garcia has parred the last four in a row. No bogeys for the Spaniard yet today. 

22:17 | As it stands, Garcia on -8, Rose on -6, Fowler and Casey on -4. Scott, Schwarzel, Moore and Hoffman on -3. 

22:08 | Justin Rose pulls one back with a birdie on six after a bogey at six. He is still two behind Garcia.

22:05 | Phil Mickleson is three over through 15. No Masters win for Lefty this year, it seems.

22:01 | Maybe Sergio needs to keeo an eye on Paul Casey, who is surging. He is four under par now for the day and four under overall too. He has birdied the second, third, eight and ninth. Spieth on three under is five off the pace. 

21:59 | Rickie Fowler gets a par for the first time in three attempts. Meanwhile, Garcia goes three clear after Justin Rose bogeys the fifth. It is Garcia's to lead not surely? He just needs to keep his head (which seems easy sitting here at a computer typing it) and he could win his first ever Masters. 

21:56 | Garcia pars the fifth now after a really good third shot, a putt from way out, which was after a poor second that left him with plenty to do. He pokes it home to keep his two shot lead at the top.

21:53 | Pieters with a birdie at five now to go to two under.

21:52 | rickie Fowler drops another shot on the fifth. That is back to back bogeys now for Fowler. He goes to four under and four off Garcia. 

21:47 | Stewart Hagestad just finished his round. The highest scoring amateur at the Masters this year, he works on Wall Street apparently. He is currently tied for 38th after his final round 73. I wonder will he go into work tomorrow?

21:44 | Sergio Garcia, a man who broke onto the scene in 1999 when he shot the lowest score of all amateurs at the Masters, is leading by two shots. He has hit two birdies in his first four holes. He is on the fifth now, which is a hole he birdied yesterday.

21:41 | Rose is consistent if he's anything today. He has parred the first four holes and remains two off the lead. 

21:37 | A quick look at the best of the rest as we have been focusing on Garcia, Fowler and Rose at the top. 

Rory McIlroy gets one back with a birdie at the eight. Paul Casey is also on two under having parred the last four. He had birdies at two and three. Fred Couples is on three under for the day and two under overall. Charley Hoffman remains in contention on four under too.

21:33 | Fowler bogeys the fourth and drops back to five under. He is three shots off Garcia at the top.

21:30 | Remember that massive putt for Spieth. It was 25 feet away from the hole and he came agonisingly close to the birdie. Settles for par. He can't believe it. 

21:28 | Justin Rose pars the third for his third par of the day. The Englishman has not started as emphatically as Garcia but he is right there and just two shots back with plenty of improving to do.

21:27 | Sergio Garcia with a difficult putt that is breaking to the right on the third and he birdies again. He goes two clear of Fowler and Rose. Second birdie of the round after three holes. Not a bad start by the Spaniard.   

21:24 | Spieth drives to the left of the hole on the fourth, and beyond. He might have to settle for his first par of the day after that drive on the par 3. Unless he is in the mood for sinking a 30 foot+ putt. It's not beyond him.

21:21 | Spieth bogeys the third to go three under and four off the lead. Some breathing space for Garcia but Fowler is knocking on the door along with Rose, who is even after three and on six under also.

21:19 | Rickie fowler goes second on six under par as he birdies the third. He missed out on the first but he makes up for it on the third. 

21:14 | Garcia eyes up his fourth shot now. Wow! He just missed to the right of the hole and he will have to settle for a par. He still leads by one but that was a real chance to push his lead out to two.

21:13 | Sergio with his third on the third out of the bunker and he lands it way left of the hole before letting the lay of the green do its work. It rolls down to within six feet or so of the hole and he recovers well after a disasterous second shot.

21:10 | A quick couples update. Another Couples birdie at the eight. He currently sits on four under and three off the lead.

20:08 | Garcia lands in the bunker on three just in front, slightly to the right of the green. He's not happy with that one. Meanwhile, Ryan Moore hits a double bogey on the third and falls back to three under par.

21:06 | An early reminder not to rule Spieth out. He is now four under after a birdie at the second. Fowler finishes the same hole with a par. everybody else is getting birdies on that hole. Fowler will feel like a missed opportunity there.

21:05 | Rickie Fowler with his fourth shot on par five second. He chips on but it rolls beyond the hole and he should finish that for a par.

21:04 | Kaymer keeps his birdie run going on 13 and is now on three under after a short putt.

20:59 | Martin Kaymer is the first player to birdie holes 9 through 12 since Tiger did the same in 2005.

20:58 | Sergio Garcia birdies at the first. he goes into the lead now at seven under par.

20:57 | Justin Rose pars the first with a neat putt that breaks to the left slightly. He gets up and down to remain six under par and in the lead along with Sergio Garcia.

20:54 | Charley Hoffman lands a birdie at the second now, not to be outdone. He is on five under now too. How about we just give everyone a birdie on the second and get it over and done with? You'll lose ground if you didn't birdie that hole. 

20:54 | Another birdie at the second as Ryan Moore putts to go five under. He's not slowing down.

20:52 | Sergio Garcia lining up a shot 133 yards from the hole on the par four 1st. An absolutely wonderful shot. He lands it about six feet to the right of the hole and he is in great position now for a par.

20:47 | In what is becoming somewhat of a trend, Schwartzel birdies the second and sits on three under. He is just six off the top now as Sergio Garcia and Justin rose tee off.

20:43 | Rory McIlroy bogeys the fourth after scrambling for par at three. He is back at even par. If he was fighting an uphill battle before he started, he has a mountain to climb now.  

20:29 | Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters start with pars. The last two groups to tee off now in the next few minutes. 

20:21 | rory McIlroy starts the day off well. He just finishes the second with a birdie. It's the third round in a row that he has birdied the second! He is one under for the day.

20:05 | Hold up! Couple with another birdie on four. He is now in ninth place. Fred is hanging in there.

20:00 | Just as Couples was building momentum, he hits a bogey on the third after opening with two birdies. 

19:52 | Rory McIlroy says "I am, ask anyone who knows me, a complete p***k in the week leading up to Augusta. But they understand and know that. It's a stressful situation." What will he be like if he loses? He needs a 63, according to Paul McGinley is he is to be in with a shout.

19:49 | Branden Grace is on three under for the day and sits on two over par. He has three birdies in his first seven holes. 

19:37 | Fred Couple opens with a couple of birdies. He climbs into the top ten. Matt Kuchar and Rory McIlroy ready to tee off soon as the favourites for the competition get into the swing of things.

19:33 | In a world of smartphones, Augusta does not abide. Here's an interesting read on not being allowed to bring your phone onto the course.

19:32 | Brendan Steele double-bogeys thew 9th after a really impressive start. He goes back to four over after climbing back into top 10 contention. 

19:29 | Phil Mickleson back to square one. He hit an eagle on the second but double-bogeyed the third and he sits on two over par.

19:13 | Brendan Steele has hit four birdies in his opening eight holes. He currently sits on two over and four under for the round. Not a bas Masters Sunday for the American.

19:09 | Does Lee Westwood stand a chance? He says, "I’ve got half a chance if I can get a roll going on the front nine.” We will be keeping a close eye on his opening few holes. He came close last year, finishing tied for second with Jordan Spieth and behind jyst Danny Willett.

19:03 | Some of the biggest comebacks in Masters history includes Nick Faldo's 1996 win, when he overcame a five shot deficit to win by five due to Greg Norman's collapse in the final round. Danny Willett came back from a three shot deficit last year but aside from that, you'd have to look back to 2011 when Charl Schwartzel won with a four shot deficit. It seems trailing by five is too difficult a mountain to climb. 

18:34 | Sergio Garcia, known for his excited temperament, says he is "a little bit calmer now. I think that I’m working on trying to accept things." He says he refuses to fight Augusta and will take it as it comes today. A win for the Spaniard would be special considering it is nearly 20 years since he arrived on the scene, shooting the lowest score for an amateur in the 1999 Masters. His best finish at the Augusta National Golf Club was in 2004 when Phil Mickleson finished top.

18:31 | Matthew Fitzpatrik is three under for his round and currently sits tied for 27th. He has three birdies in his first three holes. He is just one shot behind Phil Mickleson.

18:23 | McIlroy will have memories of the 80 he hit in 2011 when he blew up on the last day of the Masters that year. Charl Schwartzel won it that year and he is in the mix heading into the final round, which is starting soon.

18:20 | Risky business leaving McIlroy out but as he says, it will take his best ever round on the course to trouble to top of the leaderboard. It will be interesting to see how he starts as he tries to attack that 65 he thinks he needs to win, or at least harbour the thought of winning.

18:12 | There's sure to be some drama tonight, or today depending on where you're watching. I, personally, have the winner here. Well, that's a lie but if the winner is outside this eight, I will throw my hat at the golf predictions for good.

Charl Schwartzel - 2 under

Adam Scott - 3 under

Ryan Moore - 4 under

Charley Hoffman - 4 under

Jordan Spieth - 4 under

Sergio Garcia - 6 under

Justin Rose - 6 under

Rickie Fowler - 5 under

Matt Kuchar - E

18:09 | A nice read on what it's like to set up shop at the 18th of the course in the hope of being a part of history. 

18:00 | World number two Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, is in a pack on level par and needs an exceptional round plus a fade by the leaders for any realistic hope at a victory to complete a career grand slam.

17:30 | Heading in to the final round of a Masters tournament, you can narrow down the winner to a select group. Not since 1989, when Nick Faldo won, has the winner come from outside the top five on the leaderboard with one round to play.

16:30 | Jordan Spieth will make history if he dons the green jacket this evening. He recorded a quadruple-bogey in the first round, shooting nine on the par-five 15th hole. Since the tournament began in 1934, nobody has managed to record a triple-bogey or worse, and still win.  

15:30 | Rickie Fowler is still chasing his first major title. The American, known for his exuberant dress sense on the course, is one shot behind joint-leaders Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. The 28 year old is looking to join the likes of McIlroy and Speith as young major winners.

15:00 | Danny Willett, last year's winner, may have missed the cut, but the Yorkshireman still has to hang around in Augusta for a little longer. He will need to be on hand to help this year's eventual winner in to his green jacket.

13:30 | Augusta National is a tough place to play but Sergio Garcia has decided that it's better to love it than hate it.  

12:55 | The hardest hole on the course over the first three days' play has been the first. We've seen 89 bogeys there (16 more than the next toughest, the 11th) and it also accounts for the most double bogeys (14) and scores of three or more over par (7).

12:25 | So where are we likely to see the big gains today? After the first three rounds, there have been 13 eagles, five of which have come on the second hole. The 13th and 15th have also seen good scoring with three eagles each so far. 

12:20 | After rounds of 73 and 78, last year's winner Danny Willett had to bow out, missing the cut by just one shot. 

11:50 | The BBC have pulled a little compilation of the best shots in the Masters. Some amazing memories.

11:05 | Forgetting last year's final day plummet will be key to Jordan Spieth's mental game as he chases the leaders who are just two shots ahead.

10:15 | Spain's Sergio Garcia is looking for his first ever Major title. Much was also expected in his home country from debutant Jon Rahm who will start Day 4 on even par. Don't count the big man out just yet.

09:30 | There is excitement already building around Europe although final day tee-times are a long way off. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are both in the final group of three...but the home crowd have plenty to be positive about. Some of those out last were speaking after round three.


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The top three: Rose, Garcia, Fowler

They say that everything happens on the Saturday of the Masters. After leading for two days, Charley Hoffman fell of the pace and trails by two shots with one round to play on the big day of the Masters in Augusta. Justin Rose is sitting on six under par following an impressive third round score of 67 and all the momentum is his as he catapulted himself into the lead on Saturday. Sergio Garcia, who has been up there in contention from the get-go, landed a third round score of 70 and, following on from his 69 on Friday leaves him in the mix with one round to play. Rickie Fowler stumbled, to an extent on Saturday, compared to his opponents as he shot a 71, but he is still right there and makes up the top three along with Rose and Garcia.

The other contenders: including Spieth, 

Jordan Spieth landed a 68 on Saturday and is sure to be a factor when the chips are down, for the fourth straight year, on Sunday night. He sits on four under and will be confident of troubling the top three. “Waking up and you have a chance to win your favourite tournament that you’ve dreamt of winning and competing in since you were a kid, and to be able to have your fourth opportunity now ... I didn’t know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life,” Spieth said. “So it’s awesome.” Ryan Moore, another America has been consistent after his first round and will want to continue troubling the top four while Charley Hoffman is hanging around too, along with Adam Scott on four under. The rest Lee Westwood recovered from his second round and landed a 68 to leave him tied for ninth among with Thomas Pieters from Belgium who is counting on consistency to keep him in contention. Rory McIlroy is six shots back on even par and will need a run, and a few dropped shots if he wants to consider a Masters title as he says himself, "I'm going to need to play probably the round of my life tomorrow to have a chance."

It's all to play for on Sunday and we will be paying very close attention to how it transpires on AS English throughout the day.

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