Garcia Holds off Luiten for Valderrama Title

Sergio Garcia matched Joost Luiten shot for shot on the final two holes of the fourth round Sunday to win the Valderrama Masters hosted by his own foundation.

With Garcia up a stroke after Luiten bogeyed No. 16, both men birdied 17 and parred 18 to keep the title at home in Spain.

Garcia was nearly perfect on Sunday, shooting just one bogey on his way to a 67. He finished the tournament at 12-under, winning on the European Tour for the 14th time, his 32nd win as a professional.

“I played really well and I felt like maybe I could get away and he just kept coming back and back and made it an amazing match,” Garcia said.

“I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in.”

He’s now tied for 17th in all-time Euro tour wins.  He’s tied for sixth among active players on that list.

Luiten was even better, shooting a 5-under 66, his second such score of the tournament. He had just one bogey, that a costly one on No. 16.

No other player was more than 7 strokes under par for the tournament.

 

 

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