Oct 22nd, 2017
Sergio Garcia triumphs on home soil
As he wins the Andalucia Valderrama Masters
Sergio Garcia holds off Joost Luiten's challenge to win the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by a single shot.
Sergio Garcia got off to a slow start to his final round, but was consistency personified as he made two birdies and seven pars to make the turn in 33.
He picked up shots on the 10th and 11th, before giving one back on the 12th. It was then back to par golf, with three in a row through 15.
Joost Luiten went one lower than Sergio on his opening nine, with three birdies and no dropped shots to shot a 32.
With birdies on the 13th and 15th he was keeping the pressure right on Sergio. But he then bogeyed on the par four 16th to return the outright lead to Sergio, who made his fourth par in a row. Then it was onto the par five 17th, which could offer Joost a way back in. But it was birdies for both of them, and Sergio walked onto the final tee with his one shot lead intact.
By this point it was a two horse race, as only Daniel Brooks was anywhere near the leaders, and he was still four shots adrift at the 16th.
All that Sergio now had to do was make par, and hope that Luiten could not birdie the final hole to force a play off. And his luck was in, as it was pars for the both of them and another win in what is turning out to be a watershed year for the 35-year-old Spaniard, both on and off the course.
And here's Sergio putting with a fairway wood - whatever works!