Sergio Garcia Conquers Desert, First Win Since 2014

Sergio Garcia delivered his first win on the European Tour since 2014, going wire to wire at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.

It was a breakthrough effort for Garcia, who had never once finished in the Top 10 of the even in seven previous attempts. He shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to finish 19-under, defeating Henrik Stenson by three strokes.

Tyrrell Hatton and Denmark’s Lass Jensen finished tied for third. Jensen shot a 65 on Sunday.

It’s Garcia’s first win on the European Tour since the 2014 Qatar Masters. He won the Byron Nelson Classic last year on the PGA Tour.

At age 37, Garcia will move back into the Top 10 this week from 15th to 9th. Stenson, the hottest thing going on the European Tour, closed the lead to two strokes through 14, but Garcia’s tee shot on 15 rolled within two feet of the hole for an easy birdie. Stenson launched his shot too far, then couldn’t complete the up and down and had to settle for a bogey, dropping him four strokes behind and effectively ending the tournament.

“I’ve been fortunate to have some really good ball-striking tournaments,” said Garcia, who led the greens in regulation stats for the week and was second in driving accuracy. “This definitely was one of them. I felt like my iron play was really, really good. Obviously my driver was very good, a couple of shots here and there. But you know, on a course of 72 holes, it’s going to happen.

“Nobody can go without missing a shot but this week was definitely a week where I felt very comfortable with my game. I felt like I was in good control of what I wanted to do with my ball flight and stuff. So I guess it showed up.”

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