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Spaniard wins first PGA Tour event since his 2017 Masters victory
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Sergio Garcia pulled out an excellent finish to the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi to pip clubhouse leader Peter Malnati by a single shot and took his first PGA Tour event since his win at Augusta in the spring of 2017.
Garcia who had begun the day in a three-way share of the lead alongside J.T. Poston and Cameron Davis found himself trailing the clubhouse leader, Peter Malnati by two shots with five holes to play. However, an eagle at the long 14th hole drew the Spaniard level and a fantastic 8-iron approach at the final hole to some two feet set up a birdie and victory by a single shot.
After his second at the last Garcia immediately began walking after the shot, and he was right in his assessment as the ball pitched just right of the hole before checking up and settling a couple of feet beyond the hole.
"The perfect ending for an amazing week," said Garcia.
"I stood up on 18 and I did what I've been doing all week. I trusted myself."
It was the Spaniard's eleventh win on the PGA Tour and his thirty-first win worldwide. Impressively, Garcia has now won an event in each of the last ten years. The win also takes Garcia back into the world top 50 which he had recently fallen out of for the first time since 2011.
Earlier American Peter Malnati had shot a final round of 63 to move into the clubhouse lead on 18-under an advantage he would hold for two hours before Garcia's finally caught and then pipped him.
J.T. Poston who had shared the overnight lead with Garcia finished three shots back in sole ownership of third place. Keegan Bradley of America and Sweden's Henrik Norlander were a further shot back in a share of fourth place.