Masters 2017: How The Golfing World Reacted to Sergio Garcia's Long-Awaited First Major

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Sergio Garcia at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 9. Danny Willett slides the green jacket onto Masters champion Garcia. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Sergio García secured his first major golf title at the Masters on Sunday at his 74th attempt following an enthralling play-off with England's Justin Rose.

The Spaniard has been known as the nearly-man of the sport, having come close to a major title as runner-up on four occasions during his 21-year career as a professional.

García, 37, is a popular figure on the Tour and his fellow golfers were quick to congratulate him on securing the green jacket in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday. Here, Newsweek looks at what they had to say:

The runner-up on Sunday, Justin Rose, showed his class by congratulating García for the win and said there was no-one he would rather have lost to.

Congrats @TheSergioGarcia
Incredible battle out there. Sport in the moment can be tough. But it's just sport. Hope you guys enjoyed it.

— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) April 10, 2017

Fellow European and winner of the 2016 Masters Danny Willett said we were "witnessing greatness" in the playoff between Rose and García, describing the pair as champions.

Great battle out there between 2 champions @TheSergioGarcia @JustinRose99
Congrats El Niño 🇪🇸Vamos!!!! #themasters

— Danny Willett (@Danny_Willett) April 10, 2017

Billy Horschel, an American player on the PGA Tour, recognized the fact García won the title on the 60th birthday of golfing great and Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011.

So happy for @TheSergioGarcia! He's been so close for so long. You know Seve is going crazy heaven! #welldonebuddy @TheAngelaAkins

— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) April 9, 2017

Australian Marc Leishman, who finished in 43rd place at Augusta this week, said the battle between Rose and García represented the glory and magic of the Masters.

This is what @TheMasters is all about, 2 blokes playing their best golf, winner take all!! @TheSergioGarcia @JustinRose99

— Marc Leishman (@marcleish) April 9, 2017

Martin Kaymer, the two-time major champion, who finished joint 16th at the Masters, celebrated García becoming the third Spaniard to win the coveted trophy.

El Niño, well done my friend what a tournament you played @TheSergioGarcia 👍🏻 vamos 🇪🇸 also great going by @JustinRose99 #TheMasters2017

— Martin Kaymer (@MKaymer59) April 9, 2017

Zach Johnson, the 2007 champion who missed the cut this week, congratulated García and welcomed him to the group of Masters winners.

That's what I'm talking about @TheSergioGarcia! Congratulations and welcome to the club. #MastersChampion #forSeve

— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) April 9, 2017

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy struggled to keep up with the top of the leaderboard this week, finishing join seventh in Augusta, but he was pleased to see García end his long run of near misses.

2 unbelievable players and 2 great friends, but I couldn't be happier for @TheSergioGarcia. You deserve it all amigo!!

— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) April 9, 2017

Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell also celebrated García finally moving into the exclusive group of major champions.

Congrats @TheSergioGarcia. Always a great champion and now a deserved Major champion.

— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) April 9, 2017

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson congratulated García and then looked ahead to next year's champions dinner, which takes place on the Tuesday before the tournament begins. García will choose the menu for his fellow champions.

Congrats to @TheSergioGarcia! Amazing to watch! What are we eating next year on Tuesday night?? #Champion

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 10, 2017