WRAPUP 1-Golf-Garcia Masters Augusta to end major drought
Apr 10 2017 by Marjorie Miles
But Sunday, he had just one birdie to go with five bogeys and a double-bogey 5 on the 12th hole when his tee shot went in the water to fall out of contention. When it appeared Garcia was reverting to his old form and letting another opportunity slip away, he overcame three errant tee shots in Amen Corner with an all-world par at No. 13, a birdie at 14 and his dramatic eagle at 15, putting the twosome in a dead heat for the final three holes. Garcia was behind Rose by two shots coming into the 14th hole.
He extended the lead to two shots with an eight-foot putt for birdie on No. 3.
Sunday's final-round showdown between Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose at the Masters was supposed to be a four-way shootout. The door was kicked wide open after Rose's birdie attempt missed by inches to the left.
Rory McIlroy finally posted an under-par round of 69 to make it inside the top 10 at three-under, but it was too little too late for the man that is still searching for his Masters victory to complete the set of major titles.
There was room for a bubble up from a player or two - Thomas Pieters with four consecutive birdies to get to 6 under before he made bogey at a birdie hole, the 16th.
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As if to underline the point, North Korean state media released photos of a smiling Kim inspecting a mushroom farm. The US president has said that if China doesn't exert more pressure on North Korea, the US will act alone.
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Sevilla honored sports director Ramon "Monchi" Rodriguez, who is leaving the club this summer, with a tribute before the match. Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt 2 (Gacinovic 48, Fabian 73-pen) drew with Werder Bremen 2 (Junuzovic 37, Bartels 43).
I can only imagine during Masters Week in 2018 at the Past Champions Dinner what Sergio's toast to Seve Ballesteros will feel like. But from the drive this morning here to the course, I felt very calm. "$5 million? 10 million?" a patron asks of the second shot on 18. "Sometimes I did think, 'Am I ever going to win one?' I had so many good chances and I either lost them or someone did something extraordinary to beat me". Garcia has competed in every major tournament since 1999 without winning, until today.
"So it did cross my mind but lately I have been getting some good help and I've been thinking a little different, a little bit more positive and kind of accepting that if for whatever reason it didn't happen, my life is still going to go on".
"I thought I had it on 18 when I hit the putt exactly where I wanted".
"You know, I was like, well, if that's what is supposed to happen, let it happen". It felt right and just when it did. "I felt very at ease, more than yesterday even though yesterday I played well". Fowler at one point held the co-lead, but both players dropped back to one-under for the tournament in disappointing rounds which included Spieth revisiting the water at the horror 12 hole of past year. I'd like to win three or four green jackets, but one would be enough, you know. "I was two yards into the rough so many times, and it makes a huge difference on controlling the distance out of the rough". I always said, before I won at Merion, you're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors but you've got to be willing to lose them.
The horror movie fan said he never felt like he was trapped in a real-life terror show after all his hard luck in majors. His friend is raving about his 20-1 bet on Justin Rose winning the Masters. He has taken care of me at the British Open twice and in Augusta, we played some practice rounds. The runner-up said a few words, patted the new Masters champion on the chest and walked away, leaving Garcia to bask in a moment he'd been chasing for almost two decades.