One of the people there that day said, "Lovely guy".
Then his putter betrayed him, especially at the first 18th, where he missed a 4-footer even though he insisted: "I hit it exactly where I wanted".
They were on level terms two holes later after Garcia nearly made an albatross at the par-five 15th, his eight-iron second landing inches short of the hole before brushing the pin and trickling 14 feet away, from where he made his eagle putt, the ball teetering on the edge of the cup before toppling in. I think I showed my character, my mentality.
Both players hit superb tee shots into the 16th but although Rose was further away, he had the easier uphill putt and duly converted from seven feet.
But Rose isn't going to beat himself up too much.
"I think at the end of the day we're both trying to win, but we're both people and we both have to represent the game the way we should", said Garcia. "I felt I would have my chances". "I hope that I get to do it with you".
Spain's Garcia won at the first extra hole to claim victory in his 74th major appearance, emulating the late Ballesteros on what would have been the two-time Masters winner's 60th birthday and Olazabal, who second Masters title came in 1999, the year Garcia made his debut in the tournament as an amateur. It was a wonderful battle and if there is anyone you want to lose to it's Sergio. "He's had his share of heartbreak". So back it went to the 18th tee for sudden death, a exhausted drive from Rose handing the advantage to the Spaniard, who made no mistake second time around. And I hit some really good shots coming in. He had missed a putt from about the same distance on the same hole that would have given him the win in regulation.
"Disappointed", Rose said after he fell just short of winning his second major to go with the gold medal he won in Rio.
What a final round it was.
Griezmann scores late as Atletico draws 1-1 at Real Madrid
Joaquin Correa was introduced into the frame as Atletico searched for an equaliser but the home side's defence was standing firm. Most of Atletico Madrid's hopes to beat crosstown rival Real Madrid will ride on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann.
Garcia and Rose began overtime after finishing four rounds of golf at 9 under.
All that mattered was Garcia and Rose, who delivered a final hour as compelling as any at Augusta National.
At that point, it was apparent this would be a two-man race.
Tournament favourite Jordan Spieth had a final round to forget together with Rickie Fowler.
Here, we take a statistical look at Garcia's triumph. The Spaniard had consecutive bogeys at 10 and 11, and his errant drive at the par-5 13th forced him to take a one-stroke penalty, putting Rose in position to build a commanding lead.
That's anything but shabby, but he just can't seem to find that spark here that helped him land two US PGA titles, a US Open and, of course, an Open Championship in 2014. Rose was just over the back of the green in two, on the verge of turning a two-shot lead into four.
"The positive thing for me is I feel like I have so much room for improvement", he said.
Spieth followed the double bogey with a bogey on the 14th hole to drop to +2 for the tournament.
Garcia was such a sympathetic figure that the man he beat - in a tense one-on-one contest that went on all afternoon, intensified on the back nine and ended amid long shadows - was OK with it. The U.S. Open will be played in June at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, a new venue that Rory McIlroy labeled "a bit of an unknown to everyone".