Firethorn, Flowering Crab Apple, Pink Dogwood...Azalea.

Golfer Sergio Garcia has named his daughter after a hole at Augusta where he claimed his first major title at last year's Masters.

Garcia overnight announced the birth of his first child with wife Angela Akins.

"Beautiful Azalea Adele Garcia was born on March 14 at 1:54am. So proud and impressed with my wife @TheAngelaAkins and the way she handled the pregnancy and delivery! Love you both so much," the Spaniard tweeted.


Azalea is the name of the 13th hole at Augusta National course. A par five, 510 yard hole, Garcia recorded a tournament saving par last year after having to take a drop while two shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Garcia went on to beat the Englishman in a playoff to win the Masters - his first major championship title in his 74th attempt.

Hours earlier Garcia held a press conference via phone from hospital weeks outs from his defence of his Masters title.

"It's been an eventful morning," Garcia, 38, said. "About an hour and a half ago Angela's waters broke so we're at the hospital right now, kind of checking in.

"It's very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. It's kind of surreal. I'm excited and a little nervous for Angela and the baby to make sure everything goes well."