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Garcia makes it a Spanish double

It was a Masters double for Spain with José Maria Olazábal winning the title and countryman Sergio Garcia taking the low-amateur medal.

Garcia, the British amateur champion, became the first European to gain the honor Sunday, shooting a 1-over-par 73 in a round that included four birdies.

"I know it makes Spain proud," said Garcia who finished with a 7-over-par total of 295. "It's something I wanted to do. And I played a good round in the most difficult of our four days here. It's exciting to know I'm the first from Europe to win low-amateur at the Masters."

Garcia beat out a contingent that included Georgia Tech junior Matt Kuchar, who finished in the top 25 at Augusta last year; Tom McKnight, the finalist in the U.S. Amateur; and U.S. Public Links champion Trevor Immelman of South Africa.

"I learned a lot in my first Masters," Garcia said. "I learned you have to have a lot of patience."

McKnight, a petroleum distributor from Virginia, was two shots back of Garcia after a 77. McKnight knocked Garcia out of the U.S. Amateur. Hank Kuehne, who beat McKnight for the U.S. Amateur title, didn't make the cut.

Kuchar shot a final round 78 to finish 11 over. Immelman shot 79 for a plus-17 total.

Garcia wouldn't say when he plans to turn professional.

"I'm going to wait until I get back to Spain and talk it over with my family," Garcia said.

Manny Zerman of South Africa was the first foreigner to win low-amateur and that was in 1992.

The amateur must play all four rounds to win the medal. England's Trevor Homer was low after two rounds in 1974 but missed the cut.