Masters 2017 live: Sergio Garcia beats Justin Rose in a dramatic playoff to win his first ever major championship

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Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose in a dramatic play-off for the Masters on Sunday, to win his first ever major championship.

Rose had overturned an early three-stroke deficit to lead by a shot after 16 holes, but bogeyed the 17th and then failed to convert a birdie attempt from seven feet on the last.

That left Garcia with a putt to win his first major title at the 74th attempt, but his putt from five feet slid past the hole and left the Ryder Cup team-mates tied on nine under par.

However Garcia held his nerve to win the play-off, on the day that Spanish golfing great Seve Ballesteros would have celebrated his 60th birthday. 

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the final day at The Masters, where we'll bring you all the action from the fourth round where the Green Jacket is up for grabs.
 
Two Europeans lead the way after Justin Rose carded a magnificent five-under 67 on Saturday to join Sergio Garcia at the top of the leaderboard on -6, though the pair have a quartet of Americans chasing them down in Rickie Fowler (-5), Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman (all -4). 
 
Past winner Adam Scott is also in contention, with the Australian beginning the day on -3, one shot ahead of 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel, while Britain's Lee Westwood and Paul Casey are also in touch on -1 and level par respectively.
 
The action gets underway at 15:06 BST when Ernie Els begins his final round, with the final group due out at 19:45 BST.
 
Follow all the latest news and updates here throughout the day.
So how did Justin Rose put himself in to contention? Re-cap on day three here:
 
It was a beautiful day at Augusta on Saturday. Here's the things you might have missed: 
 
Can Rory McIlroy pull off one of the greatest comebacks of all time and complete the majors Grand Slam? 
 
Right, let's get things started! Ernie Els is out first to get today's proceedings under way. The South African heads into the last round on 14+. Not ideal... Let's hope he can make a decent start.
Els: +14
 
The South African holes out for par. He had the chance to take the first hole in three but his first putt let him down and Els resigned to a simple tap-in from 4 inches out.
Mize (+13) & Marc Leishman (+11):
 
Larry Mize opens with par on the first hole but it's not such a good start for Leishman. The Australian makes it to within seven foot of the pin in four shoots before taking two putts to finally sink it. A double-bogey that puts him on +11.
 
 
 
 
Els (+14):
 
Another par for Els who takes the second hole in five shots.
 
Sullivan (+9) & Wiesberger (+9):
 
Andy Sullivan had the chance to be the first player of the day to make birdie on the Tea Olive but fluffs his first putt attempt from 10 feet. He follows it up with a simple tap-in from two feet for par. Bernd Wiesberger joins him in completing the first hole in regulation.
 
 
Els (+14):
 
Els reaches the Flowering Peach green in two following a sweet 215-yard drive down the centre of the fairway before some impressive approach play lands him within six yards of the pin. Putt for birdie to follow.
 
His putt comes up short forcing the South African to settle for another par.
Mize (+12) & Leishman (+10):
 
A simple six-foot putt for Mize hands the American a birdie on the second. Leishman similarly takes the par-five in four shots.
Luck (+9) & Hahn (+8):
 
Thumbs up for James Hahn, thumbs down for Curtis Luck. The American takes the first hole, a par-four, in three but the Australian makes bogey after missing his first putt for par.
Sullivan (+8) & Wiesberger (+8):
 
A good hole for Sullivan and Wiesberger on the second. The former found the bunker with his second shot but he splashed out to land within eight feet of the pin, which he subsequently sank for birdie.
 
As for Wiesberger, the Austrian came within three feet of two-under but it wasn't to be. A simple tap-in followed and he too walked away with a birdie.
 
Oosthuizen (+8) & Hadwin (+8):
 
Louis Oosthuizen comes close to making birdie following a neat recovery shot onto the green that rolls within two-feet of the pin. He sinks it settles for par on the first hole.
 
Adam Hadwin also passes on the opportunity for a birdie as his 28-foot putt rolls to the right of the pin. He does the rest. Par.
 
Els (+15):
 
Setback for Els on the fourth. After finding the bunker with his first shot, the South African put himself within seven feet of the pin to give himself a good chance of making par. He overhit, though, forcing him to settle for bogey. It's not been his week.
Sullivan (+8) & Wiesberger (+9):
 
Sullivan holds out for par on the fourth but his partner misjudges the terrain of the green to overhit his putt. Bogey for Wiesberger.
 
Els (+16):
 
It's gone from bad to worse for Els on the sixth. After taking two shots to get within nine feet of the hole, the South African looked on course for a par. But once again he came up short and was forced to settle for a second successive bogey.
 
 
Oosthuizen (+7) & Hadwin (+7):
 
The South African is another one to find the bunker on the second but a lovely splash-out puts him within eight-feet. He makes it to record one-under.
 
Hadwin, from the tee, finds the bunker on the right-hand side of the fairway and looks to be in danger of falling behind his partner. But an impressive second and third shot salvages matters. From three-feet out, he sinks it to make birdie.
Kisner (+6) and An (+6):
 
Kevin Kisner and Byeong Hun An both enjoy a strong start as they each make birdie on the first hole.
 
Els (+15):
 
Up on the seventh, Els is back down to +15 after taking the par-four in three shots. His play on the green has been off the mark so far but a lovely 25-foot putt makes up for his earlier mistakes.
Still to come...
 
Here's a look at some of the names of note teeing off in the next hour:
 
  • 1705 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Branden Grace (Rsa)
  • 1725 Jason Day (Aus), Justin Thomas (USA)

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Tee times

(USA unless stated, all times Local, -5hrs from BST), (a) denotes amateurs:

1005 Ernie Els (Rsa)

1015 Marc Leishman (Aus), Larry Mize

1025 Andrew Sullivan (Eng), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)

1035 Curtis Luck (a) (Aus), James Hahn

1045 Adam Hadwin (Can), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)

1055 Ross Fisher (Eng), Daniel Summerhays

1105 Kevin Kisner, Byeong-Hun An (Kor)

1115 Brendan Steele, J.B. Holmes

1125 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Emiliano Grillo (Arg)

1145 Stewart Hagestad (a), Daniel Berger

1155 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Brian Stuard

1205 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Branden Grace (Rsa)

1215 Steve Stricker, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)

1225 Jason Day (Aus), Justin Thomas

1235 Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson

1245 Pat Perez, Russell Henley

1255 Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka

1305 Jason Dufner, Fred Couples

1325 Kevin Chappell, Jimmy Walker

1335 Jon Rahm (Spa), William McGirt

1345 Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy (NIrl)

1355 Paul Casey (Eng), Soren Kjeldsen (Den)

1405 Lee Westwood (Eng), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

1415 Adam Scott (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)

1425 Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman

1435 Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth

1445 Justin Rose (Eng), Sergio Garcia (Spa)

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