A long, tearful road to a major for Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia wins Masters in playoff for first major title

"With Garcia already a popular and likable worldwide brand, his first major win - in spectacular fashion - could give his off-course earnings a significant boost", Dorfman told FOX Business, adding that newfound windfall could total "as much as $3M a year in current sponsor bonuses and increases, new ad deals, appearance fees, and the like". He said, "I'm not sharing my locker at the moment, and I hope that I get to do it with you". "I feel like I can get better, so I still want to work hard at it". He started the back nine a combined 31-over par in 18 previous appearances and played it 1 under the one time it mattered most.

"I think he's going to have a happy summer. You could sense that in his looks, in his actions, how he was breathing, how he was looking, his eyes".

"They are my idols my whole life", said Garcia, who was born the year the late Ballesteros won his first of two Masters in 1980. I kind of felt that if I could make that one - certainly his putt got very hard. Garcia produced a remarkable comeback after seeing a three-shot lead turn into a two-shot deficit with seven holes to play, and the pair both missed great birdie chances on the 72nd hole to take the enthralling duel into sudden-death.

"He definitely popped in my mind a few times, there is no doubt about it", Garcia said of Ballesteros, who died in 2011 of complications resulting from a cancerous brain tumor.

They were on level terms two holes later after Garcia nearly made an albatross at the par-five 15th, his eight-iron second landing inches short of the hole before brushing the pin and trickling 14 feet away, from where he made his eagle putt, the ball teetering on the edge of the cup before toppling in.

Garcia has enjoyed a hugely successful career despite his drought in majors, being one of the most popular and recognizable golfers on the planet. Then the duo were tied again when Garcia parred and Rose bogeyed the par-4 17th after hitting his approach shot into the bunker short of the green. Then he followed that by saying that he's glad that he can be asked about being the best player to only win one major in the future.

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It didn't matter. Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie that gave him the green jacket. Four times he was runner-up. There were some holes I could go after.

He had a birdie putt on the final hole at Torrey Pines to get into a playoff with Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate in the 2008 U.S. Open. "I will try to be second or third", he said.

He was able to force a play-off against Rose, and the rest, as they say, is history.

"We are good friends so we were very respectful of each other". "We wanted to beat the other guy not the other guy to lose". Charley Hoffman, a no-name player coming into the weekend, was more than just competing at The Masters; he was winning.

"The Masters is like the Champions League (Europe's biggest football club competition), but the British Open is like the Champions' Champions League".

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