Sergio Garcia followed a first round 71 with three consecutive rounds in the 60’s to win the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Saturday. Garcia beat Mikko Ilonen from Finland in a three-hole playoff at the Doha Golf Course in Qatar to notch his 11th European Tour Victory. The 11th ranked Spaniard should move into the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings, and takes over the number two position in the Race To Dubai.
Sergio Garcia fired a bogey-free -7 under par 65 final round in the Saturday finish from Qatar to catch and tie the lead. Both Garcia, and Ilonen had to wait for the Friday leaders to finish their rounds before the playoff could begin. Fellow Spaniard, Raphael Cabrera-Bello bounced back from a 73 on Friday, and along with Thorbjorn Olesen, but neither could make the playoff.
Mikko Ionen had a chance to close out the Spaniard on the first playoff hole, but Garcia hit a major-league sand-shot from the green-side bunker to save par. Ionen couldn’t convert the birdie for the win and they went back to the tee two more times.
On the third playoff hole, the roles were reversed when Ionen hit his second shot into the same bunker and was unable to convert. Garcia two-putted for a par, and the win.
Sergio Garcia has found a putting stroke that is working. His career was in the dumps a couple of years ago because he just couldn’t make a putt that counted. It all turned around at the 2012 Wyndham Championship for the aging star, when he showed up with a goofy putting stroke, and won the tournament.
He finished the 2012 FedEx Cup playoffs with a T3 at the Barclays the following week, and a 33rd place ranking for the end of the year. He picked up six top ten finishes on the PGA Tour during the 2013 season, and had it not been for a meltdown at the infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, may well have won the Players.
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