The duo traded the lead throughout a frenzied day at Augusta National, with Garcia taking a three-shot advantage through five holes only to fall two back by the time the twosome reached the 12th tee.
They also showed a genuine appreciation for each other, trading high-fives following the Spaniard’s eagle at the 15th hole and Rose’s birdie at No. 16, and the Englishman shot Garcia a thumbs up after hitting his approach into the 72nd hole.
“We've played a lot of golf together since we were about 14 years old. We've always had a good friendship and a good camaraderie and good rivalry,” Rose said. “It's nice for him now to have that monkey off his back and I was very pleased for him.”
After Garcia rolled in his birdie putt at the first playoff hole for the victory, Rose took a moment to congratulate him.
“It was very nice. We obviously gave each other a big hug and he said, ‘Nobody deserved it more than you do,’” Garcia said. “It was a great battle. He played awesome. I played nicely, too.”