Garcia eyes British Open after "better late than never" Masters win

Posted April 19, 2017

After 73 Majors, four heartbreaking runner-up finishes and years of self doubt, Garcia finally delivered the long awaited title when his 12-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.

Replaying the hole to start the playoff, Garcia piped his drive down the middle while Rose found the pine straw and was forced to punch out. "I can't pick holes in my performance". Before I won at Merion (in 2013) I said "you're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them". Of course I could.

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel claimed third position, with Matt Kuchar - who hit a hole-in-one on the 16th - and Masters rookie Thomas Pieters completing the top five. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments.

"It has been an unbelievable week and I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life", said Garcia.

Garcia said he was helped by adopting a more accepting attitude about the unfortunate breaks Augusta National can inflict, pondering it even as he celebrated after his winning playoff birdie putt on the 18th green.

More than his shotmaking, Garcia said, it was a change in attitude and determination he could win despite setbacks, like bogeys at 10 and 11 to fall two shots back, that brought him the greatest pride. "But this is a tournament I am going to win one day".

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"I'd like to win three or four green jackets, but one would be enough".

"We have been friends for a long time and playing golf against each other since we were 14 years old".

"For me, the most positive thing is that I feel like I have so much room for improvement".

"Everybody that is around me is helping me, making me not only a better golfer but a better person". For me, golf is about April to September.

"Obviously I am very proud but I feel like the same guy".