A deserved major: Sports world heaps praise on Sergio Garcia after belated Masters win

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Michael Phelps were among those paying tribute to first-time major winner Sergio Garcia.

Sergio Garcia was lauded after finally ending his wait for a major title with a thrilling Masters win on Sunday.

The Spaniard edged Justin Rose in a play-off at Augusta to claim a major crown that has been a long time coming.

His success pleased several fellow professionals, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, while Rose was gracious in defeat.

Garcia, 37, was also praised by the likes of Spain World Cup winner Iker Casillas and Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest Olympian of all-time.

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