After years of coming up short in his previous 72 major championship starts, it seemed like the talented Sergio Garcia was destined to go down as one of the greatest players to never win a major.
But on a magical Sunday at iconic Augusta National, under bright sunny skies, the 37-year-old Spaniard finally came through, and walked off into the Georgia sunset as a champion whose legacy will live on forever – just like his boyhood idol, Seve Ballesteros.
"It's amazing … to do it on his 60th birthday … it's something amazing."
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 9, 2017
While Justin Rose is a classy and well-respected champion (and easy to cheer for on any other Sunday), most of the golf world, and its millions of fans, were rooting for the popular star-struck Garcia. And so after his golf ball caught the right edge of the 18th hole’s cup and dropped, the reaction on social media was fast and furious.
Tweets and Instagram posts poured in from all over the world. Here’s a quick round up.
From The Man Himself
What an awesome new jacket, the members of Augusta National GC gave me tonight, don't you think?😍 pic.twitter.com/grvu8ZIhi6
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 10, 2017
From The Classy Runner-Up
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) April 10, 2017
From The Game’s Living Legends
Congratulations to Sergio Garcia on his first Masters victory and first major! I thought Sergio played very (cont) https://t.co/PZDdenIzTN
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 10, 2017
Congrats @TheSergioGarcia. Well earned.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 9, 2017
Increíble @TheSergioGarcia! Celebro tu triunfo como si fuera mio. GP
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) April 9, 2017
From Former Masters Champions
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) April 10, 2017
— Danny Willett (@Danny_Willett) April 10, 2017
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 10, 2017
Was a great week for me, I tried hard but came up a little short. Big congrats to @TheSergioGarcia, well played my friend
— Charl Schwartzel (@CA_Schwartzel) April 10, 2017
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) April 9, 2017
From Fellow Tour Pros
What a show that was! Congrats to @TheSergioGarcia
— Smylie Kaufman (@SmylieKaufman10) April 9, 2017
I'm crying!! https://t.co/Bl6gvQHLGd
— Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) April 9, 2017
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) April 9, 2017
Congrats to Sergio!! So happy for him. So deserving for an amazing career he's had.. Forever a major champion!
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) April 9, 2017
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
— Darren Clarke (@DarrenClarke60) April 9, 2017
Congrats @TheSergioGarcia!! Well deserved and great playing…soak it in my man!!
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) April 9, 2017
He did it! So happy for Sergio. Masters Champion #Vamos
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) April 9, 2017
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) April 10, 2017
Great stuff by Sergio. Masters champ. I've never cheered so hard for the Oilers and Kings in my life. #doubletweet
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) April 10, 2017
1986 was my favourite Masters moment, now I have a new one thanks to @TheSergioGarcia &@JustinRose99
Gentlemen, you should both be so proud
— Thomas Bjørn (@thomasbjorngolf) April 10, 2017
@TheSergioGarcia you are my HERO bud…..
— Branden Grace (@BrandenGrace) April 10, 2017
Sergio winning after being in a "grove of azaleas" on 13 is incredible. What a bounce back. So well deserved by that guy. Vamos, El Niño
— Ben Crane (@bencranegolf) April 10, 2017
From The Major Championships
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 9, 2017
— The Open (@TheOpen) April 9, 2017
We'll see you at Erin Hills! pic.twitter.com/LHDJ96dbJp
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) April 9, 2017
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) April 10, 2017
From His Sponsors
From The Tours