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Masters Winner Sergio Garcia Pays Emotional Tribute To Seve Ballesteros On His 60th Birthday

VALENCIA, SPAIN: Spain's Severiano Ballesteros (R) talks with his partner Sergio Garcia on the third day of the Seve Trophy 2003 at the EL Saler golf club in Valencia, 08 November 2003. AFP PHOTO JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia’s long wait for a Major came to an end on Sunday as the Spaniard defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to win the Masters at Augusta.

The two competitors battled it out over the course of the final day and became embroiled in a back-and-forth with Garcia claiming victory with a putt to spare after earlier missing a putt to win the competition on the 18th.

Nonetheless, the 37-year-old claimed victory long after giving up all hope of winning a Major, and that he did so on what would have been the late Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday only adds to the occasion.

Sergio Garcia (R) of Spain receives the Masters green jacket from 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett of England at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017. (Kyodo)

After winning the tournament Garcia paid tribute to his late idol (as well as compatriot and fellow former winner Jose Maria Olazabal) and believes that Seve had a hand in some of his shots over the course of the weekend:

“Seve did come into my mind today.

“I’m sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots and some of those putts.”

Garcia, who before Sunday had to resign himself to the belief that a series of second and third place finishes were the best he would ever do, had a special word for those who became before him as he became the third Spaniard to earn the green blazer:

“To do it on Seve’s 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s something amazing.  Jose sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me and what I needed to do.  And just pretty much believe in myself and being calm and not letting things get to me that I’ve done in the past

“And he said I’m not sharing my champions’ locker with anyone but you.”

Vice Captain of Team Europe Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain (R) drives Sergio Garcia of Spain (L) during a practice session at the Gleneagles golf course in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 25, 2014, ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup golf competition between Europe and the USA.  AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Garcia has been receiving countless messages of goodwill from a multitude of figures in sport over the course of the last 12 hours, as it sinks in that he has finally won that elusive Major.

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