Spieth disappointed, says his round at Masters was bizarre
Apr 10 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Just when everyone was beginning to write the latest chapter in the Shakespearean tragedy that is Sergio Garcia and major championships, the Spaniard flipped the script.
On the first playoff hole, though, Garcia had to taste his first-ever major championship after each golfer took their tee shot.
Olympic champion and 2013 U.S. Open victor Justin Rose posted the round of the day Saturday with a 5-under 67, and he's tied for the 54-hole lead at 6 under with Sergio Garcia, who's seeking his first major victory in his 74th attempt - they're the only two players in the field who have avoided an above-par round this week. "But every time I chipped it close I missed the putt or I didn't chip it close enough and I'd still miss the putt", said Fowler.
"I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor", Garcia said. "Even after making a couple of bogeys, I was still very positive". "It's been an wonderful week, and I'll enjoy it for the rest of my life".
Following a final round that will go down in Masters folklore, it was Garcia who triumphed against his Ryder Cup team-mate to finally remove himself from the conversation regarding the best players without a major title.
"To join my two idols is something special. I have plenty more looks, and I feel good about it happening".
He did both when a major moment arrived on the 13th when his drive wound up under a bush.
Then came No. 13, a par five. He was one of two players to make the cut and only three-putt once all week (William McGirt).
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He discussed his mindset following the second round, per Randall Mell of the Golf Channel: "As with any tournament, I just want to get within three shots on a Sunday afternoon".
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel birdied the 18th for a 68 to finish third.
After falling out of contention in the third round of the 2012 Masters, Garcia famously delivered a brutal self assessment in which he said did not have what it takes to win a major.
Garcia grew up idolising Ballesteros, who won the Masters in 1980 and 1983, and another Spanish two-times Augusta champion in Jose Maria Olazabal. England's Paul Casey (68) ended up a solo sixth at 284, and Kevin Chappell (68) and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (69) tied for seventh at 285.
"It must have been fun to watch", Rose said. The 2013 U.S. Open champion made birdie on the 16th to regain the lead but missed an 8-footer for par on the 17th that hurt. "It's always fun when you're playing with one of your good buddies", he said. It was a good battle with Sergio.
"Yeah, obviously a disappointing week, but (found) a few more bad positions and where not to hit it", he said. I felt fantastic out there. I think that this course offers you that. This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here. "But I had a little pine cone behind the ball which meant I couldn't really spin the ball". I felt great. I felt in control. He was a bona fide star at 16, a prodigy whose promise went unfulfilled, first by the emerging dominance of Woods and later by forces only he seemed to see.
Numerous world's top golfers - including some who finished towards the top of the leaderboard at the Masters - sent their congratulations to Garcia. Garcia bogeyed No. 10 and 11 to give Rose the lead, but the Spaniard made huge shots down the stretch to keep himself in it.