The green jacket slipped away at Augusta but Justin Rose could not fault his performance, feeling he did everything right to win the Masters as Sergio Garcia reigned supreme.
Rose came up short against Garcia in a dramatic sudden-death playoff on Sunday, the latter finally ending his wait for a maiden major title after the pair finished level at 9 under following respective 69s in the final round.
But Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion,appeared to be closing in on victory, having earned a two-stroke lead after the 13th hole, until Garcia leveled things up by the 15th.
The Englishman dropped a shot at the par-4 17th as a playoff loomed, where Garcia celebrated a landmark day.
Afterward, Rose, who also finished second in 2015, conceded he thought he had the 81st Masters won.
"There is a consolation there. He's felt like I've felt many times," the 36-year-old and seven-time PGA Tour winner said of Garcia."It's hard not to feel good for him. I felt I had it wrapped up. When Sergio is in the trees, it looked pretty good.
"It was great fun to be a part of. I felt I did virtually everything right."