Sergio Garcia beats Justin Rose at first extra hole to win his first Major
By KEITH JACKSON, SkySports.com
Sergio Garcia finally got his hands on the green jacket after beating Justin Rose at the first hole of a sudden-death play off at the end of a gripping final day at Augusta
Sergio Garcia admitted he had accepted the possibility that he might end his career without a major as he celebrated a stunning victory at the Masters.Garcia hit the headlines at Augusta National five years ago when he finished in a tie for 12th and declared that he was "not good enough" to win a major, but a more positive attitude drove him to a dramatic play-off win over Justin Rose at the first hole of a play-off.
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"I think the problem was, because where my head was at sometimes, I did think about if I was ever going to win one," said Garcia at his champion's press conference. "I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me. So it did cross my mind.
"It's always nice to be recognised or seen as the best player to not have won a major, because at least - 'best player' - there's a good thing there!. So that's the way I looked at it. Well, I don't have to answer that anymore. I don't know if I'll be the best player to have only won one major, but I can live with that."
He added: "Some of the moments I've had here at Augusta I haven't enjoyed as much, and how stupid I really was trying to fight against something that you can't fight, and how proud I was of accepting things.
"But I knew that I could still work it around, you know, if I just accepted what was happening. So I'm very proud of that."
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