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Els on the Masters: 'This tournament was just not for me'

14 April 2017

The first green jackets were heavy wool and made from Brooks Uniform NY. I obviously didn't play good again but it's nice to go around again.

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.

However, the South African failed to spark into life over the weekend and disappointing rounds of 83 and 78 left him dead last on 20-over-par, three behind 1987 champion Larry Mize, who was second-last.

Get in the Masters Tournament: This is arguably the hardest way to play Augusta National, as you'd have to fit in one of 19 criteria to get in the Masters. "I hit the ball great, really confident with the ball striking so if I clean up the mistakes, I'm looking forward to the rest of the year".

"And having a chance to win it a couple of times was special and this tournament is just not for me".

Become a Masters volunteer: If you can find an opening, take it if you can get it. Volunteers get an opportunity to play Augusta National in May, a month after the Masters ends.

He wasn't the only one celebrating - the wider sporting world is delighted the kid they used to call "El Nino" has finally come of age.

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With Rickie Fowler, another of the four halfway co-leaders, posting a 71 to get to five under and 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth moving into contention on four under with a 68, the final day of the first major of 2017 looks set to be an intriguing battle of golf's heavyweights that Irishman McIlroy will be desperate to get amongst.

Each time I walk through the gates and toward the first tee, I remember seeing that sight for the first time in 2007 and being overwhelmed by the beauty. I wasn't really cheering for anybody on Sunday, but I have to admit, it was great to see Garcia break through.

He handed his ball to one and his glove to another and went off to sign an ugly card.

As Els was speaking, Rory McIlroy, pictured, was walking up the first fairway. Garcia, who won the Masters in a playoff on Sunday from Justin Rose, said his first major success in 74 attempts had given him a taste for more. When the stranger beside me said, "I think he's going to go for it", I responded by saying, "You're insane".

But I'm not sure any of my previous 10 Masters visits will stand out in my mind 10 years down the road quite like the most recent one.

"I've got nothing but positives ahead and I feel and my game feels in good shape". Els still has the length and still has the art gallery swing but his salad days appear to be over.

Els on the Masters: 'This tournament was just not for me'