"I struck the ball, obviously, the first hole was a birdie hole and I did a great job of hitting that fairway 90 percent of the time I play this place", Spieth said. He has had his fair share of heartbreak.
The 23-year-old from Dallas won't spend too much time worrying about what happened this week, confident that his demeanor, poise and attitude throughout will serve him well the rest of the season.
Rose birdied to match Garcia, then birdied the par-3 16th only to bogey and remain deadlocked to set up the closing drama. He missed a 14-foot par-saving putt that would've put some pressure on the Spaniard.
The monkey was finally off Garcia's back and he was a Masters champion; a major champion after 22 Top-10s in 73 major starts. He could have won in two putts but rolled it in for a birdie.
No one had ever played as many majors as Garcia before winning his first one, so those tears were equal parts joy and relief.
As the cheers surged around him during the final round, Garcia gave the energy back-smiling, pumping his fist, displaying the joyful nature of El Niño.
"It is incredible. To do it on his (Ballesteros's) 60th birthday and to join him and Jose Maria Olazabal, my two idols in golf, it is something unbelievable", said Garcia before accepting the Green Jacket from last year's victor Danny Willett in Butler Cabin. He didn't relinquish the lead until Garcia momentarily jumped ahead of him with his eagle at the 15th, which then was matched by Rose's birdie putt.
After missing a 5-foot birdie at the 72nd hole, Garcia had to get through one extra hole to finally remove the stigma of being considered the best player never to win one of golf's biggest events.
Coming so close on Sunday at Augusta National does not make it any easier - although Rose handled the aftermath of his playoff loss to Sergio Garcia at the Masters with class and grace, and he spoke of having many more chances.
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"I knew what I was capable of doing, and I believed that I could do it", he said. "That little two-shot swing there was kind of when he was back in the tournament".
"Masters Sunday, it's a special day". Garcia sank a testy 8-footer to save par. Garcia made his, Rose missed and what could have been the deciding blow turned out to be a draw.
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th green to win the Masters golf tournament after a playoff Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.
But the lead remained at two, and Garcia had new life. Errant shots on the tenth and eleventh holes led to bogeys, and, after his tee shot on the par-five thirteenth lodged itself at the base of one of Augusta's famous azalea bushes, forcing him to take a penalty, the scene had a familiar look. His second shot, an 8-iron from 192 yards out, almost flew into the hole and left him 14 feet away from a 3.
Two years ago, he was hounded by hecklers at The Players Championship, when he battled Rickie Fowler down the stretch. He's finished second three times, including twice at the Masters, and third six times. "And I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots or some of those putts".
"It was kind of hard", McGinley said on Golf Channel on Monday. Fowler bogeyed his final three and shot 76.
"I would say this one probably is one that slipped by", Justin added.
All that mattered was Garcia and Rose, who delivered a final hour as compelling as any at the Masters and a champion who began to wonder if he would ever win a major.
In addition to the whole "Sergio's never won a major" thing, there was a secondary narrative. "So it's been an awesome week, and I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life". It's not going to be a disaster.