AUGUSTA, Ga. – Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia each took 279 shots at last year’s Masters to force a playoff, but the turning point came down to a single moment.
Standing in the middle of the 13th fairway, Rose had a two-stroke lead over Garcia, whose tee shot had sailed into the woods left of the fairway. Momentum was clearly on the Englishman’s side.
Garcia found his wayward tee shot and scrambled for par, while Rose hit his second shot at the par 5 over the green and failed to make birdie. The Spaniard would tie Rose with an eagle at the 15th hole and eventually win on the first playoff hole.
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Garcia recently honored the moment by naming his daughter Azalea, the name for Augusta National’s 13th hole. Rose was asked on Monday about Garcia’s choice of names for his first born.
“I would have done it, too, probably. He did well to find his ball in there, let alone make par,” Rose said. “I think it’s a great name for obviously a wonderful memory for him.”