Sergio Garcia Breaks 4-Year Title Drought
Sergio Garcia recorded his first PGA win in close to four years, and his first win period in more than two years by defeating Brooks Koepka in a playoff Sunday to win the AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas.
Garcia caught Kopeka at the wire to force the playoff by firing a final-round 68 to close a three-shot deficit through 54 holes. The lead was still three strokes through 12 holes on Sunday until Garcia nailed birdies on 13 and 16 while Koepka bogeyed 14 and 15.
Garcia last won on the PGA Tour in 2012 when he took the Wyndham Championship by two strokes. His last European Tour win came on January 25 2014 at the Qatar Masters, also in a playoff.
Garcia fired a 63-66-68-68 – 265 for the victory, with Koepka slipping back to a 71 on Sunday after scintillating rounds of 65-64-65 to open the tournament.
Matt Kuchar finished third, almost making it a three-way playoff but costing himself with a bogey on No. 13. Six other players finished two strokes back at 13-under.
Garcia parred the extra hole while Koepka recorded a double bogey. The win saw him move from 15th to 12th in the Official World Golf Rankings.