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Sergio Garcia won the 81st Masters by outlasting Justin Rose with a birdie on the first hole of sudden death. Rose led by two with five to play, but Garcia chased him down and it was a wild ride from there. What’s your biggest takeaway? And did Garcia win it? Or dare we suggest that Rose lost it?” data-reactid=”12″>1. In what amounted to a duel that had all the elements of match play, Sergio Garcia won the 81st Masters by outlasting Justin Rose with a birdie on the first hole of sudden death. Rose led by two with five to play, but Garcia chased him down and it was a wild ride from there. What’s your biggest takeaway? And did Garcia win it? Or dare we suggest that Rose lost it?

@shanebacon): I think the biggest takeaway for me was how Sergio didn’t let the mistakes and the loose shots get to him. He should have birdied the 8th, had a great look at 9 and after back-to-back bogeys on 10 and 11 it all looked lost. But Sergio hung in, made that insane par on 13 and from there it was great shot after great shot. Ten years ago Sergio Garcia isn’t winning this Masters. Heck, two years ago he isn’t winning this Masters. But Garcia is a happier and more content guy than he has ever been and his resolve was the difference.” data-reactid=”13″>Shane Bacon, golf analyst, Fox Sports (@shanebacon): I think the biggest takeaway for me was how Sergio didn’t let the mistakes and the loose shots get to him. He should have birdied the 8th, had a great look at 9 and after back-to-back bogeys on 10 and 11 it all looked lost. But Sergio hung in, made that insane par on 13 and from there it was great shot after great shot. Ten years ago Sergio Garcia isn’t winning this Masters. Heck, two years ago he isn’t winning this Masters. But Garcia is a happier and more content guy than he has ever been and his resolve was the difference.

@JoshSens): I’m with Shane. On the one hand, you could say that Rose failed to deliver the knockout punch when he had Sergio on the ropes. But the real take-away is the resolve Garcia showed. When his tee shot found the hazard on the 13th, who among us didn’t think he was done? I wonder whether Rose himself even suffered the slightest mental letup at that moment, thinking that Garcia was a goner.” data-reactid=”14″>Josh Sens, contributing writer, GOLF (@JoshSens): I’m with Shane. On the one hand, you could say that Rose failed to deliver the knockout punch when he had Sergio on the ropes. But the real take-away is the resolve Garcia showed. When his tee shot found the hazard on the 13th, who among us didn’t think he was done? I wonder whether Rose himself even suffered the slightest mental letup at that moment, thinking that Garcia was a goner.

@Jeff_Ritter): How about those iron shots into 15, 16 and 18. (Twice!) Sure his putting was spotty and you felt terrified every time he looked at a four-footer, but with Sergio it was never going to be easy. He was clutch when he needed it most. He absolutely won it.” data-reactid=”16″>Jeff Ritter, digital development editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): How about those iron shots into 15, 16 and 18. (Twice!) Sure his putting was spotty and you felt terrified every time he looked at a four-footer, but with Sergio it was never going to be easy. He was clutch when he needed it most. He absolutely won it.

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@joepassov): Garcia definitely won it. And my takeaway is that he transformed a somewhat disappointing, what-may-have-been career into a Hall-of-Fame career. By early in the back nine, this had pretty much become two-man match play, albeit with Thomas Pieters lurking. Sure, Rose had his chances to cement a perhaps insurmountable lead; I think especially of his missed birdie putt at 13, which would have given him a three-shot lead. Yet, the Masters isn’t the U.S. Open. There are plenty of opportunities to make up ground late, so there’s often an ebb and flow, as there was today. Both Rose and Garcia missed several makeable putts, but Sergio’s play at 15–drive, approach and eagle putt–brought him right back. And even as his putting failed him at 16 through 18, he approaches were superb. He won this thing with great tee-to-green play down the stretch.” data-reactid=”18″>Joe Passov, senior writer, GOLF Magazine (@joepassov): Garcia definitely won it. And my takeaway is that he transformed a somewhat disappointing, what-may-have-been career into a Hall-of-Fame career. By early in the back nine, this had pretty much become two-man match play, albeit with Thomas Pieters lurking. Sure, Rose had his chances to cement a perhaps insurmountable lead; I think especially of his missed birdie putt at 13, which would have given him a three-shot lead. Yet, the Masters isn’t the U.S. Open. There are plenty of opportunities to make up ground late, so there’s often an ebb and flow, as there was today. Both Rose and Garcia missed several makeable putts, but Sergio’s play at 15–drive, approach and eagle putt–brought him right back. And even as his putting failed him at 16 through 18, he approaches were superb. He won this thing with great tee-to-green play down the stretch.

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Danny Willett slips the green jacket on Sergio Garcia, the newest Masters champion.

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Dustin Johnson. The way he’s been playing, shooting 10 under this week would have been almost easy.” data-reactid=”44″>Bamberger:Dustin Johnson. The way he’s been playing, shooting 10 under this week would have been almost easy.

Rickie Fowler. He was one back entering the day, and I thought he was playing well enough to make a serious run. Maybe it was the orange pants, which would’ve looked ridiculous with a green jacket. Either way, the “best player without a major” list is suddenly getting lonely for him.” data-reactid=”46″>Ritter: All good picks, and you also have to look at Rickie Fowler. He was one back entering the day, and I thought he was playing well enough to make a serious run. Maybe it was the orange pants, which would’ve looked ridiculous with a green jacket. Either way, the “best player without a major” list is suddenly getting lonely for him.

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Rickie Fowler started the final round one off the lead, but he bogeyed five holes on the back nine.

Jordan Spieth, an Augusta favorite. How important was that in settling Sergio’s nerves?” data-reactid=”66″>3. Garcia said on Saturday night that the seven-foot par putt he made at the 18th to close the third round wasn’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it got him in the final twosome with his friend Rose versus drawing Jordan Spieth, an Augusta favorite. How important was that in settling Sergio’s nerves?

Justin Rose pairing was huge. He’s usually suffered early and often with rabbit-ears and nerves every time he was in the hunt in the final round of a major. Having a pal like Rose along to counter whatever jitters were to emerge was a big factor in getting the win.” data-reactid=”71″>Passov: I’m with the majority here. I think that the putt to give him the Justin Rose pairing was huge. He’s usually suffered early and often with rabbit-ears and nerves every time he was in the hunt in the final round of a major. Having a pal like Rose along to counter whatever jitters were to emerge was a big factor in getting the win.

another ball in the water at the 12th?” data-reactid=”72″>4. Having to come from behind after 54 holes for the first time in four appearances at the National, Spieth didn’t have it on Sunday, falling from a tie for fourth into 11th place after shooting 75. Was it because he burned so much energy getting back into the tournament after making a quad at the 15th on Thursday? Or was he just pressing as he tried to chase down the leaders? And what should we make of another ball in the water at the 12th?

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Thomas Pieters tied for fourth in his first Masters appearance, finishing with a Sunday 68.

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