Sergio Garcia closed out victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates GC with a smart final round of 3-under-par 33-36=69, good for a 72-hole total of 19-under 269 and a three shot winning margin over runner-up Henrik Stenson.
Ahead of the final lap the contest seemed to have boiled down to a two horse race between Garcia and Stenson - and so it proved. The Spaniard made the first move, ticking birdie at the 1st to stretch his advantage from three to four. He would close the front nine with another par breaker at the 9th, but Stenson was making ground and on the 15th tee the gap was just two. What happened next, Garcia said afterwards "was massive". Stenson flew the green at the par-3 and Garcia pounced, nailing his tee shot to tap-in range; Stenson made bogey, Garcia converted, the lead was back to four. It was not quite over; Garcia missed the green with his approach to 16, but a dazzling chip saved par and with it the title. He dropped no shot on Sunday and impressed all week with every facet of his game. "Some of the key moments, how I handled them," he said of the final round challenge, "I'm very pleased." The win, his 12th on the European Tour, is the first since 2014. Feb 5 - 8:14 AM