Sergio Garcia earned his first green jacket (and first major championship victory of his career) on Sunday in a playoff over Justin Rose. Rose and Garcia both fired 69s in the final round of the Masters from the final pairing to send the match into a playoff, where Garcia won on the first sudden death hole.
Garcia and Rose both missed makable birdie putts on the 18th in regulation, but a blocked tee shot by Rose on the second playing of the 18th left him in tree trouble, while Garcia piped a drive into perfect position. Garcia hit another fantastic approach, as he did in regulation, to about 12 feet to set himself up with another putt to win a green jacket. When Rose failed to make his mid-range par putt, Garcia had two putts for the win, but only needed one, curling his birdie effort inside the left edge to earn his first win.
The win takes the monkey off of Sergio’s back after 73 failed attempts in major championships, but it also earned him $1,980,000 in the process, per Golf.com’s purse breakdown. That’s almost $200,000 more than Danny Willett took home last year as Garcia becomes the richest Masters champion in history.
While Rose fell short of winning his first green jacket and second major of his career, his runner-up finish gives him a nice consolation prize of $1,188,000. A birdie at the last by 2011 champ Charl Schwartzel earned him $748,000 as he took third alone, and the rest of the field that made the cut will split the remainder of the $11 million purse.
While the final playoff hole was the exclamation point on the championship performance, the biggest moment for Garcia was his eagle on the 15th hole that got him level with Rose for the tournament again.
From there, Garcia was able to hang with Rose who took a brief lead on 16 before giving a shot back on 17, and then Sergio’s consistency off the tee and with the irons eventually proved to be just enough to earn the green jacket.