The 37-year-old was asked if receiving the backing of those in attendance made his success more special and replied: "They were very supportive but I do have to say that the patrons here have always been incredible".
On Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose traded haymakers all day, especially over the final five holes of regulation, in one of the classic Masters finishes.
Both Rose and Garcia finished at 9 under par, and needed an extra hole to decide this weekend's tournament, after 72 holes.
"It definitely popped in my mind a few times, there's no doubt about it, obviously today a couple of times here and there", Garcia said. That was nearly 20 years ago.
"I'm disappointed, but hopefully it's a Masters that is remembered fondly", said Rose.
Garcia, generally recognized as the best player never to win a major championship, finally removed that stigma against someone who knew a bit about how that felt before his breakthrough victory at the 2013 U.S. Open.
"I'm really happy with the way that we finished off this round to get back to red", he said. I still believed that there were a lot of holes that I could get to.
'And some of the moments I've had here at Augusta that maybe I haven't enjoyed as much and how stupid I really was trying to fight against something that you can't fight - and how proud I was of accepting things.
When Garcia lost a two-shot lead early on the back nine, it appeared the heartbreak kid was destined for another collapse.
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There was a roar from the crowd and chants of "Sergio" as the 37-year-old hugged his wife, and prepared himself to go receive his green jacket.
When Garcia's shot went in the woods on 13 at Augusta National during the 2017 Masters, it looked like Garcia was cooked because we'd seen this movie before.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Matt Kuchar sent the patrons into a frenzy with his hole-in-one at the 170-yard 16th hole, which briefly gave him hope of challenging the leaders.
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, right, reacts after putting in for an eagle on the 15th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.
Deadlocked after nine holes, the two friends and rivals produced an enthralling back nine showdown worthy of any Masters champion in what became a head-to-head battle. No one else on the course was anywhere near their lead. Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, playing in the penultimate group, had already begun to fade away instead of making the expected charge.
The Victor of The Masters receives a nice payday, as well as a green jacket. Justin Rose left the door open on the 18th, but Garcia was unable to make the winning putt which took us to a playoff. on a sudden-death playoff with Garcia.
But while the other contenders faded, it was Garcias playing partner that put on the heat. Rose was the one who finally blinked the second time the two of them played No. 18, in the one-hole playoff.
Only three players had more major starts without a victory than Garcia before he donned the green jacket symbolic of Masters supremacy. It was a five-shot swing over just six holes.