Sergio Garcia graces cover of Sports Illustrated following breakthrough Masters victory

Sergio Garcia celebrates with fiancee Angela Akins after winning the Masters at Augusta

Day two, though, proves otherwise.

SERGIO GARCIA is not only a victor in golf but also in love.

Garcia becomes the third Spaniard to wear the Green Jacket, joining Jose Maria Olazabal, who also triumphed twice at Augusta, in 1994 and 1999. "They've been pretty hectic with interviews". "I hit it where I wanted". This morning was probably the first time that it is finally starting to sink in. And it helped me grow up not only as a golfer but as a person.

Garcia was smiling when he said that, which is what happens when the frustration of having never won a major in 73 attempts is over and gone.

"And for me, the most positive thing is that I feel like I have so much room for improvement".

The 37-year-old Garcia shot a final-round 69 and finished with a 9-under-par 279 total, winning the $1.98 million top prize. "It wasn't going to change my life from miserable to great". I still have a bunch of good years in me and feel this is one I can still knock off. He said, 'I'm very happy for you. By the sounds of things, he was nearly resigned to defeat on that occasion. Garcia and Rose were tied at the turn after nine holes on Sunday.

"We've been talking about it, and it hasn't been decided yet", Garcia said.

"I think Erin Hills is a bit of an unknown to everyone".

"I knew I needed to make that putt to stay with it". His other childhood hero: two-time Augusta victor Jose Maria Olazabal, who buoyed Mr. Garcia's psyche with an inspirational text on Wednesday night. And I'm glad it was because of what all the things that happened throughout my career. "But, at the same time, it is all a learning process".

"I thought I had it on 18", Garcia said. "Just go out there and have fun, simple as that".

So, despite Garcia's sudden-death playoff win over Rose, claiming his first major title in 74 tries, the tournament's ratings were the lowest they've been since 2004. I hope this is not the last'. "But you know, I really feel like this is a tournament that I can still go on to win", Rose told a media conference.

"The Masters is like the Champions League (Europe's biggest football club competition), but The Open is like the Champions" Champions League'.

"It's unbelievable. It's something I always hoped I would achieve but I didn't know if I was going to do it", he said. The list that belonged to Colin Montgomerie (never won a major, now on the PGA Tour Champions) and Phil Mickelson (five-time major winner) for years and years. Everybody works in a workforce and if you had 150 guys in your workforce, there's some guys you get on with and there's some guys you don't necessarily.

Unsurprisingly, his phone has been red hot since Sunday. "I'll turn my focus to trying to get ready for the US Open in June and try to add to my major tally there".