Gar­cia de­lights in ‘dream’ Valder­rama tre­ble

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

Ser­gio Gar­cia said it was a “dream come true” to win a third Valder­rama Masters ti­tle as the Spaniard con­tin­ued his strong end to an oth­er­wise dif­fi­cult year. The 38-year-old has been re­vi­talised since be­ing named as a wildcard pick for Europe’s tri­umphant Ry­der Cup team, post­ing his first top-10 fin­ish since July in Por­tu­gal be­fore win­ning three matches against the United

States in Paris. He was at his very best dur­ing the weather-hit tour­na­ment in An­dalu­sia, hold­ing off a Shane Lowry charge with a two-un­der 69 in the third and fi­nal round to win by four shots on 12-un­der-par over­all.

“To be able to win three times here in Valder­rama is a dream come true,” said Gar­cia, who has won the event the last three times it has been played, af­ter vic­to­ries in 2011 and 2017. “It’s so dif­fi­cult, this golf course is so chal­leng­ing. For me to be able to shoot three rounds un­der par with the po­si­tions we played all week, all the rain we had... I’m very proud of that.”

Gar­cia made two birdies in the fi­nal five holes to se­cure a 15th Eu­ro­pean Tour ti­tle and sev­enth on home soil in Spain.

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