Then there was the 2002 US Open, when Tiger would again keep him at arm's length, or the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool, where Garcia and Woods played in the final group but the American held on again for victory.
It was only five years ago when Sergio Garcia stood outside the clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club after shooting a third-round 75 and told Spanish-speaking reporters he didn't have the game to win a major championship.
Both men played the flawless hole up until the green where Rose missed a seven-foot birdie putt to hand Garcia his chance, but he rolled a shorter - but arguably more testing putt - wide of the hole and they would soon replay the last.
When asked about the Grand Slam, Garcia said, "You can't win them all if you don't win the first one".
Eighteen years and 71 majors later, more tears for Sergio Garcia.
A few hours after clenching the win, Sergio talked to everyone from green jackets to global networks about the moment he became a champion.
Murray has previously caddied for South African duo Charl Schwartzel and Retief Goosen among others. "It definitely helps", he said.
The 37-year-old Spaniard started the day in a tie with Rose, went three clear by the fifth, was pulled back to level on the eighth and then fell two behind by the 11th.
"It's fantastic. It's something I always hoped I would achieve but I didn't know if I was going to do it", he said.
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"The emotion when the putt went in on the extra hole was hard to describe", added Garcia.
"But you know, I was like, well, if that's what's supposed to happen, let it happen", he said.
"I felt like this course was probably going to give me one major", he said.
"I knew I needed to make that putt to stay with it".
From 145 yards, Garcia planted his approach to about 10 feet, needing two putts to win his first major after 74 starts. In a photo finish, Sergio Garcia won his first major with a birdie in a playoff. "I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me.' So it did cross my mind".
Sergio Garcia became the 51st different man to win The Masters on Sunday night. Coming into the tournament, he was widely considered golf's best player without a major win.
Not since Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994 had a Masters champion eagled on the back nine in the final round.
"Some of the moments at Augusta I didn't enjoy as much and how stupid I really was to fight something you can't and how I was able to accept things and do things better than I ever had".