Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

Young stars like Jon Rahm (22), Thomas Pieters (25) and Tommy Fleetwood (26) were trying to overcome Masters tradition and win as rookies, a feat that hasn't happened since Fuzzy Zoeller's victory 38 years ago.

Kuchar, who fired a five-under par 67 to finish tied for fourth at five-under 283, was celebrating the ace when he noticed a boy wearing a hat styled like that of PGA Tour-record 82-time victor Sam Snead, a button proclaiming he was a member of Arnie's Army in memory of the late Arnold Palmer, and a loud bright orange outfit matching the style of United States star Rickie Fowler.

Another stroke adrift is the trio of 2015 champion Jordan Spieth - proving the demons of past year, even Thursday's quadruple bogey, are long gone - and fellow Americans Hoffman and Ryan Moore. Adam Scott, the 2013 champ, worked his way up to 3 under and three strokes back with his second straight 69 on Saturday.

Behind Hoffman, the leaderboard shuffled with the frequency of the wheels on a Vegas slot machine Saturday, throwing up an intriguing prospect for the final round. He won the Masters and U.S. Open at age 21.

"Should be a great match-up in the last group", Garcia said.

"It's always a nice to be a part of history", Rose added a moment later. "That will be the gameplan".

Garcia, 37, couldn't stop smiling during his winners speech after finally claiming his first major title at Augusta today. "It's not going to be easy", Garcia told Sky Sports. This time he fired into the creek again and his Masters hopes once more vanished. "And it was a bummer being in the bunker, but it felt like I hit the ball really well, I felt like it was either five yards short or five yards long".

Fowler is also seeking his breakthrough major after four PGA Tour wins including this year's Honda Classic.

He has finished a runner-up on four occasions, twice at the (British) Open and twice at the PGA Championship, with a further six top five finishes without breaking through. "I felt the calmest I've ever felt on a major Sunday today".

He'll play alongside great friend Spieth, who has finished no worse than second on his three visits to Augusta. He's still eight shots behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia at 6-under. He birdied the second hole but made bogeys on the third and sixth holes before the wheels came off on the back nine.

"We've really grinded it out to have a chance to win this tournament".

There's Jordan Spieth, who "obviously has a special relationship the Masters", Rose said.

So is golf still an old man's game, or is the Masters a tournament that feeds on youngsters and spits them out? He tied for sixth in 2015 and then tied for fourth past year.

Moore, 34, is a five-time Tour victor with two top 10s in majors, while Scott, Schwartzel and two-time runner-up Westwood form a formidable chasing pack. Only four others have won the Masters after taking low amateur honors - 18-time major victor Jack Nicklaus, 14-time major victor Tiger Woods, five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.

In all, 14 players will go into Sunday within six shots of the lead, including grand slam-chasing Rory McIlroy.

And Rickie Fowler, who will "be all up for it tomorrow".

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