Sergio Garcia's Masters win sees him join elite list of two-trophy winners

The Spaniard added The Masters title to the Low Amateur honours he previously won

BY Daniel Kelly 12:15 Tuesday 11 April 2017, 12:15 11 Apr 2017

Masters champion Sergio Garcia stands on top of the Empire State Building, on Monday afternoon. Picture by: Bryan Smith/Zuma Press/PA Images

Sergio Garcia became the 51st different man to win The Masters on Sunday night.

The Spaniard defeated Justin Rose in a sudden death play-off, in one of the tournament's most exciting finishes in recent memory. Garcia won a major, at the 74th time of asking.

While he joined the elite list of Masters champions on Sunday evening, Garcia also wrote his name onto an exclusive list of golfers to win two separate tournaments at The Masters.

The 37-year-old became only the sixth golfer to win the title, after being named the Low Amateur at Augusta National. In 1999, Garcia's debut at The Masters saw him finish in a tie for 38th place.

He was one of six amateurs to compete in the tournament, which also included Matt Kuchar, and future Masters winner Trevor Immelman. Four of the six players made the cut, with Garcia finishing on +7, two shots clear of Tom McKnight, to win the Silver Cup.

The list of previous winners includes four multiple Masters champions. Jack Nicklaus (six wins), Ben Crenshaw (two wins), Tiger Woods (four wins) and Phil Mickelson (three wins) have all been previous holders of the Silver Cup.

Apart from Garcia, Cary Middlecoff is the only who has won both competitions, without going on to win multiple Masters titles. In 1946, he finished in a tie for 12th to win the Low Amateur, before going on to win the main competition in 1955.

While Garcia's win breaks his major hoodoo, his pedigree at the tournament hints to him having a strong possibility of matching Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal by winning two Masters titles in their careers.


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