Masters 2017 winners and losers: Sergio Garcia finally on top; Jordan Spieth withers

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Sergio Garcia won his first major championship with a playoff win over Justin Rose at the Masters.

Masters 2017 winners and losers: Sergio Garcia finally on top; Jordan Spieth withers

Sergio Garcia won his first major championship with a playoff win over Justin Rose at the Masters.

The 2017 Masters provided plenty of excitement Sunday when Sergio Garcia finally ended his major championship drought.

With a playoff win against Justin Rose, Garcia won his first major despite contending in them since he was 19 years old.

Now 37, Garcia is much calmer on and off the course, which helped him outlast a host of challengers at Augusta National.

Here are this week's winners and losers:


Sergio Garcia — A giant weight was lifted off his shoulder with Sunday's Masters win. Few in history would have been considered better golferswithout a major championship on his resume to start the week.

Garcia had come close a pain-staking number of times in majors, but something always went wrong. It looked like that might be the case again Sunday when he hooked his drive way left on the 13th hole. He regrouped, however, and gutted out a par on the hole, which completely changed momentum.

With one major to his name, Garcia could rattle more off in the coming years to reach the number everyone thought he would when his career began.

Justin Rose — Did he win the tournament? No, but he was a class act all week, especially Sunday when, playing alongside Garcia, he showed his appreciation for a number of Garcia's shots.

Golf is a gentleman's game and Rose proved that in defeat. No one likes to lose, but Rose has won a U.S Open and a gold medal in the Olympics. He will have another chance to win at Augusta.

Thomas Pieters — Few gave Pieters much of a chance. He's 25-years-old, plays mainly on the European Tour and was playing Augusta National for the first time this week.

Yet, Pieters defied the odds with a T-4 finish with Matt Kuchar at 5 under. The Belgian bomber is capable of smashing the ball off the tee and making key putts.Major championships and Ryder Cup wins are poised to dominate his future.


Rickie Fowler — It was nice to see Fowler back in contention in a major championship — it had not happened since he finished in the top fiveof all four majors in 2014 — but the affable fan-favorite did little to inspire confidence Sunday when he shot a final round 4-over 76.

Fowler was loose off the tee, inaccurate from the fairway, and his normally reliable putter was off during Sunday's final round. A T-11 at the Masters is never a bad thing, yetfor a while, this looked like the week Fowler was going to join the game's elite by claiming his first major title.

Jordan Spieth — Like Fowler, Spieth looked poised to content Sunday after two brilliant rounds Friday and Saturday hoisted him onto the first page of the leaderboard. Spieth entered the week with three Masters starts. He had finished no worse than T-2 before this week's T-11.

Dominant around the greens, Spieth makes 10-foot putts look simple. That side of Spieth was absent in Round 4, when he struggled to convert birdie putts, and watched par saves slide by the cup.

Unlike Fowler, Spieth already has two major championship wins and looks poised to add another very soon.

Danny Willett — The defending champion failed to make the cut after shooting 73-78 in the first two rounds. Many remember 2016 as the Masters Spieth lost and not the one Willett won.

While that isn't entirely fair, Willett didn't do anything to dispel questions about his questionable form after a disappointing Ryder Cup last fall.

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