Sergio Garcia wins Masters playoff

Watch the videos to see Garcia parading his Green Jacket around New York City, and the wealth of tributes from his fellow European and PGA Tour stars.

No one ever played more majors as a pro (70) before winning one for the first time.

"It's unbelievable", Garcia said. He clenched the win on what would have been Seve's 60th birthday. As he said afterward, the old Sergio would have complained to his caddie about the golf gods being against him. "If I had to lose to anybody, it would be to Sergio".

"We obviously gave each other a big hug and he said, 'Nobody deserved it more than you do.'" Garcia said. "He deserves it, he's had his fair share of heartache". Rose's burned the cup, so Garcia had a short birdie putt to win the championship - and missed, prompting a playoff. He said, 'I'm very happy for you. "There were a lot of holes I could get to and I stayed positive".

Remarkably, Garcia would make par, like Rose who only managed a three-putt, and he came alive on the 14th and 15th as he recorded a birdie and eagle respectively to ensure that the duo went to the 16th hole sharing the lead and with a four-shot lead over the field. He clenched both fists and shook them repeatedly. "We have a really good relationship. But look, we say hello to each other every day we meet, but it's with gritted teeth, there's no doubt about it".

Garcia and Rose both carded 69 to finish tied on nine-under-par 279 at the end of regulation and send the year's first major to a playoff when both missed birdie putts and settled for pars at the 72nd hole at the August National.

"I thought I had it on 18", Garcia said. He said when he hit crisp, high arcing shots often they landed a yard or two into the rough, making it hard to navigate the subsequent approach. And I've been accepting that if it didn't happen, my life is not going to be a disaster.

Garcia opened the back nine with two bogeys and trailed by two at the par-5 13th, where his drive landed under a bush. He had to declare an unplayable lie and take a drop.

It's been almost two decades of no major wins, until Garcia rallied late to make up a two-shot deficit with six holes left Sunday.

"Everybody that is around me is helping me, making me not only a better golfer, but a better person", said Garcia.

"I knew I was playing well and I remained calm", Garcia said.

Garcia was still coming to terms with becoming a major champion, a feat which will push him up to No.7 in the world rankings. He reached the 18th green and stood over a 5-foot putt for the victory.

And he is no longer remembered as one of the "best players to have never won a major". "To be able to join him and Seve as Masters champions from Spain, it's unbelievable". Rose would then have to lay-up onto the fairway, while Garcia was on the green after two shots.