Anyone from outside the USA who can get an American sporting crowd chanting his name has clearly got something special.

It has long been clear that Sergio Garcia has a rare talent. What he did not have, after two decades of trying, was a major title to show for it.

Until now.

The cries of Sergio rang out across the azaleas at the iconic Augusta National course in Georgia as the natives accepted the right man was winning their tournament.

And around the UK, television viewers stayed up past midnight to watch a gripping two-horse race, unsure whether to support the British golfer involved.

Justin Rose is a classic clean-cut Englishman, possessing neither airs and graces nor enemies. But he has won the US Open and is the reigning Olympic champion.

So the yearning for Garcia to fight off the demons, after 73 failed attempts to lift one of golf’s four major trophies, transcended normal national loyalties.

And then he missed a putt on the final green to win the Masters. History said the 37-year-old Spaniard would fold, as he had so often before.

After his challenge combusted at this tournament five years ago, he said: I don’t have the thing I need to have. I’ve come to the conclusion I need to play for second or third place in any major.

But now he is older, wiser, calmer – and happier off the course – engaged to American golf journalist Angela Akins.

We’re both very excited about the future, and I think being comfortable in your private life is a good thing. It definitely helps, he said.

And so, on what would have been the 60th birthday of his late, great compatriot Severiano Ballesteros, he found the inner strength to see off Rose at the first hole of a playoff.

I’m sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots, said Garcia of the inspirational two-times Masters champion, who died in 2011 of brain cancer at the age of 54.

It’s been such a long time coming, added Garcia, who shared a warm embrace with Rose and a passionate one with his fiancee.

The positive thing is I still feel I have so much room for improvement.

So he can look forward to more major victories – and a wedding in July.

Maybe George Benson (never give up on a good thing) had a point about Sergio.

If love is what you got, the first verse ends, you got a lot.

(c) Sky News 2017: Sergio Garcia slays his major demons with triumph at the Masters

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