FedEx Cup, and Race To Dubai Champion Henrik Stenson needed to make up four shots on Sunday at the Thailand Golf Championship but was able to only match Sergio Garcia’s four under 68 and hang on to second place. Garcia picked up his first win of the year at the Amata Springs Country Club in Chonburri, Thailand beating Stenson by the four-stroke advantage he began with.
The Spaniard got hot after the turn and put three birdies in a row on his score card. After another one at 15, he made a bogey on 15 before parring out. He finished at 22 under par. Garcia had only three bogeys on the week, and the highlight was an ace at the third hole on Friday.
He didn’t make any crucial mistakes down the stretch, especially at the par three 17th hole which mirrors number 17 at TPC Sawgrass where he lost the Players to Tiger Woods. If fact, the hole requires a boat ride to the green, and Henrik Stenson was in trouble, not Sergio. Stenson made bogey and pretty much was relegated to his second place finish.
Defending champion, Charl Schwartzel had back-to-back 67’s on the weekend, but was never able to overcome the 73 he carded on Friday. He finished in a tie for fourth place at ten under par with 2013 US Open Champ, Justin Rose, Anirban Lahiri from India, and Yuki Kono. I’m sorry, but the media guide doesn’t have an origin for Kono.
American, Rickie Fowler finished the Thailand Golf Open in a tie for 8th place with Chapchai Nirat from Thailand. Nirat was the top Thai player at home, finishing one stroke better than Tonchai Jaidee, and four strokes better than arguably the best Thai player at this time, Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
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