Garcia grabbing green jacket leaves many feeling good

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. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cleveland won a title. So did the Cubs. And now Sergio Garcia can call himself a major champion. What a wild 12 months in sports.

Garcia, so often on the verge of picking up that signature win, finally got it Sunday at the Masters, beating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. It didn’t come easy.

He almost blew his chance on several occasions throughout the day, and he missed a relatively easy 5-foot putt on 18 that would have given him the green jacket a hole early.

In the playoff, Rose sent his tee shot into the trees, while Garcia’s landed in the fairway. It was basically over after that.

Here is Garcia’s winning putt:

His fiancé, Angela Akins, has a priceless reaction:

And as always happens after a major sporting event, the key moment is put to Titanic music on Twitter. Amazingly, it also always works:

Here are some final-round highlights:

And Garcia’s post-tournament interview:

Poor Garcia has waited a long time and never thought it happen:

This is very cool:

There was plenty of immediate reaction to the victory on social media, and almost all of the top tweets were positive:

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo speaks for many athletes now:

USA Today’s Christine Brennan encapsulated the day well:

Sergio was falling apart on the back nine, again. How many times had we seen this before? He himself said five years ago that he wasn’t good enough to win a major, and here he was, proving it once more. The jokes were coming so easily on social media. That Sergio Garcia, a loser again. Instead, he rose to the occasion, hitting shot after shot that no one expected — probably including himself — until he worked his way to the first playoff hole against dear friend and Ryder Cup teammate Rose. With Rose in some trouble, punching out from the rough, Garcia played a majestic final hole under the weight of all the pressure in the world, hitting his approach to within 12 feet, then drilling the birdie putt home to win the Masters.

What do you think about the final round of the Masters? Was Garcia winning the feel-good sports story of the year so far? Now that Garcia finally has won a major, is it safe to call him among the best golfers of the past 20 years?

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