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Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits from a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Sergio Garcia won his first Masters, defeating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff


Sergio Garcia won his first Masters Sunday, defeating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. 

Seizing that iconic green jacket brings an end to Garcia's 73-tournament streak without a victory in majors, according to USA Today.  

Garcia and Rose were tied for the lead at 9 under par after 72 holes, so the Masters went into a sudden-death playoff, which Garcia ended on the first hole.

Garcia and Rose were neck and neck throughout the tournament, with Garcia leading by as many as three shots on the front nine and Rose leading by two on the back nine, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rose bogeyed the 17th hole, making them deadlocked once again as they approached the 18th tee. A pair of pars is what ultimately sent them to the playoff, where Garcia was able to gain an advantage right off the tee. His drive landed in the fairway, leaving only an easy two-putt between him and the win.

Garcia nailed a 12-foot birdie putt to defeat Rose.

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