Sergio Garcia claims long-awaited first major with a Green Jacket

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    Final-Round Notes – Sunday, April 9, 2017

     

    Weather: Sunny, with a high of 78. Wind SE 4-8 mph.

     

    Final-Round Leaderboard

    Sergio Garcia                71-69-70-69—279 (-9)*

    Justin Rose                   71-72-67-69—279 (-9)

    Charl Schwartzel           74-72-68-68—282 (-6)

    Matt Kuchar                  72-73-71-67—283 (-5)

    Thomas Pieters             72-68-75-68—283 (-5)

    (*Defeated Justin Rose on the first extra hole, No. 18, with a birdie)

     

    Sergio Garcia

    Full Name: Sergio Garcia Fernandez

    Height: 5-10     Weight: 180

    Birthday: January 9, 1980

    Birthplace: Castellon, Spain

    Residence: Crans-Montana, Switzerland

    Family: Single

    Turned professional: 1999

     

    Garcia Masters Statistics:

    Fairways Hit: 45/56

    Greens in Regulation: 54/72

    Putts: 119

    Putts in GIR: 96

     

    Sergio Garcia

    Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Justin Rose began the final round tied at 6-under 210. When matching, 3-under 69s resulted in sudden death, Garcia’s birdie at the first extra hole, No. 18, proved too much for Rose’s bogey. Garcia claims his 10th career PGA TOUR title in his 313th start at the age of 37 years, 3 months, 0 days.

     

    Sergio Garcia PGA TOUR Victories:

    2001 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, THE NORTHERN TRUST

    2002 Tournament of Champions

    2004 AT&T Byron Nelson, THE NORTHERN TRUST

    2005 Booz Allen Classic

    2008 THE PLAYERS Championship

    2012 Wyndham Championship

    2016 AT&T Byron Nelson

    2017 Masters Tournament

     

    With the win, Garcia is projected to move to No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

     

    With the win, Garcia earns a five-year exemption to the PGA TOUR.

     

    With the win, Garcia collects 600 FedExCup points and is projected to move inside the top 10 in the standings (from No. 70).

     

    Garcia wins in his 19th start in the Masters Tournament, with this being his fourth top-10 finish; 2017/1st, 2013/T8, 2004/T4 and 2002/8th.

     

    Garcia becomes the first player from Spain to win the Masters Tournament since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

     

    In the last 10 years, Garcia becomes the sixth international to win the Masters Tournament; Sergio Garcia/2017, Danny Willett/2016, Adam Scott/2013, Charl Schwartzel/2011, Angel Cabrera/2009 and Trevor Immelman/2008.

     

    With the win, Garcia claims his first major championship in his 74th attempt. This marks his 23rd top-10 finish in a major championship.

     

    This marked the 14th time Garcia has held a lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR after 54 holes and second in a major championship (2007 The Open Championship/2). He has now converted for the victory four times; 2017 Masters Tournament, 2012 Wyndham Championship, 2004 AT&T Byron nelson and 2001 THE NORTHERN TRUST.  Since the win in Greensboro, he had been the 54-hole leader-co-leader five times, but unable to pull out a victory before this week.

     

    The third-round leader/co-leader has now gone on to win the Masters Tournament 44 (out of 81) times.

     

    So far this season on the PGA TOUR, nine of 21 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have been able to convert for the win.

     

    Dating to 1991, with the exception of Zach Johnson (T4) in 2007, Bubba Watson (T3) in 2012, Adam Scott (3rd) in 2013 and Danny Willett (T5) in 2016, the Masters champion has been ranked no lower than T2 following 54 holes.

     

    The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 on the leaderboard after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr. in 1959 (T13).

     

    The eventual Masters champion has come out of the final Sunday pairing 22 out of the last 27 years, with Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012), Adam Scott (2013) and Danny Willett (2016) the exceptions.

     

    Garcia ranked fourth among players to have made the most major championship starts, without finding victory.

     

    Garcia has collected 19 wins internationally, most recently being the Omega Dubai Desert Classic two months ago.

     

    Garcia was making his seventh start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, where he has not missed a cut. His best finish before this week was a T9 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

     

    With the win, Garcia moves to 6-6 in playoffs. Most recently, he lost to Vijay Singh at the 2008 THE NORTHERN TRUST.

     

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose’s playoff loss to Sergio Garcia marked Rose’s sixth top-10 finish, and third consecutive, in 13 Masters starts; 2017/2nd, 2016/T10, 2015/T2, 2012/T8 and 2007/T5. Rose has never missed a cut at the Masters.

     

    This marked Rose’s 12th time to hold a 54-hole lead/co-lead in a 72-hole event and first in a major championship. Of the previous 11, he converted for the win at the 2010 Quicken Loans National, 2011 BMW Championship and 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Most recently before this week, he finished T3 at the 2015 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational after holding a share of the 54-hole lead.

     

    Rose was making his 62nd major championship start this week, now with a collective 13 top-10 finishes. Among them is the 2013 U.S. Open title.

     

    With Justin Rose’s playoff loss to Sergio Garcia, he moves to 1-2 in playoffs.

     

    With scores of 71-72-67-69, Rose joined Garcia as the only two players to have avoided an over-par score this week.

     

    Rose is the winner of seven events on the PGA TOUR, most recently the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

     

    Charl Schwartzel

    2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel overcame a lackluster start in rounds one and two (74-72) with back-to-back 68s on the weekend to finish at 6-under 282 in his eighth Masters appearance. He sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to post the Sunday 68 and finish alone in third place.

     

    Aside from his 2011 victory at Augusta, this marks his only top-20 finish in the event. He missed the cut in 2014 and 2016.

     

    Schwartzel was in search of his third career PGA TOUR win this week. In addition to his win at Augusta, he also won the 2016 Valspar Championship.

     

    Schwartzel was making his seventh start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. This week’s third-place finish supplants his previous-best of 6th from the Valspar Championship.

     

    Thomas Pieters

    Making his first start at the Masters and 12th career start on the PGA TOUR, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters bounced back from a third-round, 3-over 75 with a 4-under 68 Sunday to finish T4 at 5-under 283.

     

    Pieters was making seventh start on the PGA TOUR this season, with this week’s Masters marking his third top-5 finish; Genesis Open (T2), World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship (T5).

     

    Ranked 35th in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 25-year-old Pieters has collected three European Tour victories, most recently the 2016 Made in Denmark (unofficial money).

     

    Pieters was also selected by Captain Darren Clarke to compete on his 2016 Ryder Cup International Team. His 4-1 performance marked the best record by a European rookie in Ryder Cup history.

     

    Number attempts before a first victory at the Masters:
    1, Horton Smith, 1934
    1, Gene Sarazen, 1935
    1, Fuzzy Zoeller, 1979
    2, Jimmy Demaret, 1940
    2, Herman Keiser, 1946
    2, Charl Schwartzel, 2011
    2, Jordan Spieth, 2015

    2, Danny Willett, 2016

     

    Matt Kuchar

    Highlighted by an ace at the 16th hole, Sea Island, Georgia’s Matt Kuchar posted a final-round 5-under 67, tying the day’s low round, to finish at 5-under 283 and tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters.

     

    Kuchar’s ace Sunday was his fourth on the PGA TOUR and first since the 2016 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

     

    Kuchar was making his 11th start in the Masters, and today’s 67 marked just his third sub-par score in a Masters final round (2010/71, 2012/69).

     

    Kuchar’s T4 finish this week marks his fourth top-10 finish at Augusta; 2012/T3, 2013/T8, 2014/T5.

     

    Kuchar is the winner of seven PGA TOUR titles, most recently the 2014 RBC Heritage.

     

    Jordan Spieth

    A week after missing the cut at last week’s Shell Houston Open, 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth improved with each of the first three rounds at this week’s Masters Tournament; R1/T41, R2/T10 and R3/T4. On Sunday, he wasn’t able to mount much of a charge, posting a 3-over 75 and settling for T22 at 1-under 281. The 75 ties his highest score in 16 rounds at Augusta.

     

    Spieth’s final-round struggles at the par-3 12th hole continued in 2017. After hitting his tee shot into the water, he was unable to convert for a bogey, settling instead for double bogey.

     

    With scores of 75-73-73 in rounds two through four last year, Spieth has now posted over-par scores in five of his last seven rounds at Augusta. He posted scores of 75-69-68-XX this week.

     

    Additional Player Notes

    2013 Masters champion Adam Scott overcame a 3-over 75 in round one with scores of 69-69-73 to finish T9 at 2-under 286.

     

    Reigning FedExCup champion and World No. 2 Rory McIlroy posted scores of 72-73-71-69—285 (-3) to finish his 10th Masters in a tie for seventh place. This marks his fourth straight top-10 finish at Augusta; 2017/T7, 2016/T10, 2015/4th 2014/T8.

     

    After making the cut on the number (6-under 150), World No. 3 Jason Day posted weekend scores of 69-71 to finish at 2-over 290 (T22).

     

    Day has collected three top-10 finishes in his six previous starts at the Masters; 2011/T2, 2013/3rd and 2016/T10. He has never missed the cut, but withdrew after round one in 2012. His worst showing at Augusta was T28 in 2015.

     

    World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama made seven birdies and two bogeys in the final round to close with 67. His 1-under 287 total was good for T11 in his sixth Masters start.

     

    England’s Paul Casey overcame a sluggish start of 72-75 in rounds one and two, respectively, with weekend scores of 69-68. At 4-under 284, his sixth-place finish marks his fifth top-10 finish, and third straight, in his 11th Masters start. He finished T4 last year and T6 in 2015.

     

    In his seventh start at the Masters Tournament, Rickie Fowler could manage no better than a 4-over 76 to end the week at 1-under 287 (T11).

     

    A week after claiming the final spot in the 2017 Masters by virtue of his Shell Houston Open victory, Russell Henley birdied three of his last six holes Sunday (Nos. 13-15) en route to a 3-under 69 and 1-under 287 total (T11).

     

    Since 1934, just five players have won the week before winning the Masters Tournament.

    2006           Phil Mickelson         BellSouth Classic

    1988           Sandy Lyle              Wyndham Championship

    1959           Art Wall                  Azalea Open

    1949           *Sam Snead            Wyndham Championship

    1939           Ralph Guldahl          Wyndham Championship

    *No event scheduled the week after first win. Major was next event contested

     

    En route to a 4-under 68 in the final round, Martin Kaymer reeled off five straight birdies on Nos. 9-13. The two-time major winner finished the week at even-par 288, his first top-30 showing in 10 Masters starts.

     

    Making his 25th start in the Masters Tournament, Phil Mickelson posted scores of 71-73-74-72—290 (+2) to finish T22. Including his three wins in 2004, 2006 and 2010, Mickelson has claimed 15 top-10 finishes, five clear of any other event on the PGA TOUR.

     

    Miscellaneous Masters Notes

    First timers at the Masters (19): Thomas Pieters (-5/T4), William McGirt (+2/T22), John Rahm (+3/T27), Stewart Hagestad (A) (+6/T36), Brian Stuard (+6/T36), Daniel Summerhays (+9/T46), Adam Hadwin (+6/T36), Curtis Luck (A) (+9/T46), Billy Hurley III (MC), Hudson Swafford (MC), Brad Dalke (A) (MC), Tommy Fleetwood (MC), Toto Gana (A) (MC), Scott Gregory (A) (MC), Tyrell Hatton (MC), Alex Noren (MC), Si Woo Kim (MC), Mackenzie Hughes (MC), and Hideto Tanihara (MC).

     

    Amateurs at the Masters (5): Stewaret Hagestad (+6/T36), Curtis Luck (+9/T46), Brad Dalke (MC), Toto Gana (MC) and Scott Gregory (MC)

     

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