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Sergio García wins first major at US Masters, congratulations flood in


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Sergio García wins first major at US Masters, congratulations flood in

Sergio García has ended decades of disappointment on Sunday by lifting the US Masters.

The 37-year-old Spaniard beat England’s Justin Rose in a playoff to claim the title after a thrilling playoff.

Tied after nine holes, the two friends and Ryder Cup team-mates produced a sensational showdown on the back nine.

García lifted the prize when his 12-foot birdie at the first extra hole dropped into the cup at the par-four 18th, sparking rapturous chanting from the crowd.

After 73 majors, four heartbreaking runner-up finishes and years of self-doubt, García finally donned the winner’s Green Jacket on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.

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Many around the world have shown their appreciation for the Spaniard’s feat, including many others sports stars.

2016 Masters champion Danny Willet congratulated Garcia, after awarding him with his new green jacket, as is tradition.

Another British golfer, Justin Rose, who Garcia beat in the final playoff congratulated his former foe:

Former England and Lions rugby player Will Greenwood shared his mixed feelings:

Another rugby player, current England centre Brad Barritt said there was “nothing better” than seeing Garcia win:

Former footballer and golf fan Gary Linekar said this:

Golfing journalists were also quick to give tribute to the new champion:

Even Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took to Twitter to congratulate his compatriot:

“Sergio Garcia makes history at The Masters, conquering the Green Jacket. Tremendous! I’m proud of Spanish sport”

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