Garcia delights in ‘dream’ Valderrama treble
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.