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Garcia takes early control of Masters final round

He shot a steady 1-under 71 to remain in striking distance, a stroke behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

"Finishing fifth versus 10th doesn't mean much to me, so that frees me up a bit tomorrow". And just pretty much believe in myself.

"You take little pieces of all those things and kind of carry them with you, and just hope something along the line helps and makes a difference", Moore said.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler were supposed to lead the American charge in the final round of the Masters but the U.S. pair fluffed their lines while Sergio Garcia delivered a storybook ending to the first major of the year.

The excitement between Garcia and Rose truly began on No. 14, when Garcia pulled within one stroke after a birdie the par-4 hole.

Rose's playoff tee shot soared deep into trees right of the fairway but bounced out onto pine straw while Garcia found the fairway.

There was also a putt to forget for Phil Mickelson during his slide down the leaderboard, while Lee Westwood looked on after seeing a close-range par-save skip past the hole. There was also a great shot of Rose staring at the scene in front of him and there was Nantz, oddly, shouting out Garcia's haters ("You're wrong again!") before Faldo offered nice perspective on why Garcia had not won in the past and why he won through the "mental scar tissue". Sergio's 8 iron on the 15th hole was the shot that really got his challenge going.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, holds his trophy at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Augusta, Georgia.

He then chipped to a foot and made the birdie. But Rose bogeyed 17 to send it to the last, all square.

"I guess the golf course was Tiger-proofed at one point". But for the most part, I'm not going to sit here and second-guess one or two shots. I really stepped up. "I felt I could go out there and freewheel it, and I hit two great shots to finish it". I felt positive. I felt confident. Fowler entered the day one back, Spieth two; both finished eight behind after rounds of 76 and 75, respectively.

Garcia further emulated Olazabal by becoming the first champion since him to eagle a hole on the back nine, the new champion carding his at the par-five 15th, the same hole his hero achieved the feat on his way to his first win in 1994.

This was Rose's 13th top-10 finish in a major and eighth top 5.

One day after making history as the first Mid-Amateur champion to make the Masters cut in 28 years, Stewart Hagestad continued his solid play Saturday, shooting a 2-over 74 to stand at 5-over. But Rose started a run of three straight birdies at the sixth to quickly erase the deficit. "That gave me a lot of belief, and for some reason, when I get into playoffs now lately, I'm quite comfortable". Garcia had finished runner-up an astounding four times without winning.

After a week of battling challenging weather from torrential rains to howling winds, golfers were greeted by ideal scoring conditions on Sunday, blue skies and a gentle breeze providing the flawless backdrop for some final round drama. I felt today the calmest I have ever felt on a major Sunday. Garcia's wait was longer. Angela Aikens, the former Golf Channel reporter Garcia began dating 15 months ago and will marry this summer, said her future husband is in a good place on and off the golf course. He had to take a penalty shot to get out and hit his third shot 89 yards short of the green. "I came to peace with it the last 3-4 years. I think it makes it a poignant major championship".

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