SINGAPORE: Sergio Garcia produced a masterful show of bogey-free golf over 27 holes on Sunday to open his season with a 5-shot victory on the climate-disrupted Singapore Open, the Spaniard making his transfer early and dominating from the entrance.
The 38-yr-previous US Masters champion signed for a remaining-spherical three-beneath sixty eight in superb sunshine to complete on 14-underneath 270, nicely away from Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira and South Africa’s Shaun Norris, who tied for second on 9-beneath-par.
“I performed properly nevertheless it wasn’t straightforward. There have been some very difficult holes however I performed very nicely after which was simply regular on the again-9 to ensure I wasn’t making any bogeys,” Garcia stated in an interview on the trophy ceremony.
“It was a fantastic week general. You continue to have to hit numerous good photographs to do nicely right here and I used to be in a position to try this.”
Garcia had returned to the course at daybreak to finish his third spherical after climate delays had pressured an early end on Saturday and the Spaniard hit the bottom operating, wiping out a two-shot deficit with 4 birdies in his final 9 holes.
After reeling in in a single day leaders Chapchai Nirat and Danthai Boonma and beginning the final spherical with a one-shot lead, Garcia placed on an iron-play masterclass as he surged away from the sector on the hazardous entrance 9 on the par-seventy one Serapong Course.
A birdie on the primary gap of his last spherical doubled his lead and after a luxurious strategy and monster putt secured again-to-again birdies on seven and eight, Garcia was 5 photographs clear as his nearest rivals wilted beneath a melting noon solar.
The world No 10 then settled into security mode, aiming for the centre of the greens slightly than attacking the pins, as he parred his final 10 holes on the quickly drying Sentosa Golf Membership format to make sure nobody might capitalise on any errors.
The co-sanctioned Asian and Japan Tour victory is the thirty second of Garcia’s skilled profession and units him up properly for the defence of his Dubai Desert Basic title on the European Tour subsequent week.
“It’s all the time nice to start out like this,” Garcia added.
“To do it right here, at this golf course towards an excellent Asian area in robust circumstances is necessary. Hopefully we will keep it up like that.”
Thailand’s Danthai and compatriot Jazz Janewattananond tied for fourth place on eight-beneath to earn two of the 4 British Open slots on supply for gamers who had but to qualify for the oldest main on the calendar.
They are going to be joined at Carnoustie in July by younger American Sean Crocker (seven-beneath), whose Zimbabwean father Gary performed in that nation’s first ever cricket test match in 1992, and Australia’s Lucas Herbert (six-underneath).
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