Masters 2017: Golfing world pays tribute to Sergio Garcia after brilliant first major win at Augusta

Tiger Woods, Danny Willett and the defeated Justin Rose all congratulated the Spaniard on his first major win at his 74th attempt

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Sergio Garcia's Masters victory proved popular with his contemporaries on Twitter as they revelled in his long-awaited success.

Garcia finally took a major title at the 74th attempt, overcoming Justin Rose in a play-off after the pair finished their final rounds level at nine-under for the tournament.

Rose congratulated the Spaniard on the 18th green and then again on social media.

“Congrats @TheSergioGarcia Incredible battle out there. Sport in the moment can be tough. But it's just sport. Hope you guys enjoyed it.” he posted on his account, alongside a picture of the two players after the final hole.

Garcia was presented with his green jacket by last year's winner Danny Willett, who clearly enjoyed watching the final round after missing the cut himself. “Great battle out there between 2 champions @TheSergioGarcia @JustinRose99 Congrats El Nino. Vamos!!!! #themasters” he wrote.

Rory McIlroy had hoped to be in the mix himself, but after finishing in a share of seventh place he wrote: “2 unbelievable players and 2 great friends, but I couldn't be happier for TheSergioGarcia. You deserve it all amigo!!”

There was even a message of congratulations from Tiger Woods, despite his fractious relationship with Garcia in the past. “Congrats TheSergioGarcia. Well earned.” he wrote on his account TigerWoods.

The thoughts of 2014 winner Bubba Watson (bubbawatson) turned immediately to the menu for next year's champions dinner.

“Congrats to @TheSergioGarcia! Amazing to watch! What are we eating next year on Tuesday night?? #Champion” he wrote.

Thomas Pieters, who finished in a share of fourth on his Masters debut, wrote “@TheSergioGarcia I LOVE YOU... #Masterschampion”.

Thomas Bjorn (thomasbjorngolf) wrote “nobody deserves this more” while Graeme McDowell said Garcia was “Always a great champion and now a deserved Major champion.”

The plaudits also came from outside the golfing world. “Pretty sweet way to finish TheMasters .... congrats @TheSergioGarcia ... well deserved buddy!!!” wrote Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal used his native Spanish to congratulate Garcia, saying his victory was “very exciting after so many years of struggling”.

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