Spaniard Sergio Garcia broke his major curse with a stunning final round performance that included a sudden-death playoff against Brit, Justin Rose.
Opening with 2 birdies in his first three holes, Garcia pulled ahead of Rose, Thomas Peiters and the fast finishing American, Matt Kuchar. However, as he is known for, Garcia struggled under the pressure of the lead posting back-to-back bogeys on the 10th and 11th.
This gave Rose a 2 shot lead and when Garcia’s drive on the attackable par-5 13th ended up wide, it looked like Rose’s to lose. Garcia managed to scavenge a crucial par which in the scheme of the tournament, swung momentum back into his corner.
After birdieing the par-4 14th and blasting his drive over 350 yards on the par-5 15th, Garcia made a great swing under pressure, almost holing out with an 8-iron for an Albatross. The Spaniard made his short eagle putt and was back on top of the leaderboard in a tie with Rose.
Both Rose and Garcia made steady pars on their 72nd hole which ensured a sudden-death playoff was going to be necessary to find a champion. After a less than ideal drive on the first playoff hole, Rose was always at a disadvantage carding a bogey-5. Garcia, made a routine par-4 and claimed his maiden major victory on what would have been his late idol Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.