Garcia wins Qatar to end Tour drought

Spain's Sergio Garcia has claimed his first European Tour victory for two years after beating Finn Mikko Ilonen.

    Sergio Garcia poses with his trophy after winning the final round of the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club [AFP]
    Sergio Garcia poses with his trophy after winning the final round of the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club [AFP]

    Sergio Garcia claimed his first European Tour victory for more than two years when he beat Finn Mikko Ilonen at the third hole of a playoff at the Qatar Masters.

    Both players finished the regulation 72 holes on 16-under-par 272, one ahead of Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (69) and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen (68).

    Garcia (65) and Ilonen (66) then carded matching birdie fours at the 18th in the first two holes of the playoff, the second from the Spaniard coming after a magical bunker shot to tap-in range just when it looked as though the title may be heading to Finland.

    The pair kept playing the 18th and at the third time of asking Ilonen could only par the hole after finding rough off the tee and a greenside bunker with his second while Garcia hit the green in two and safely two-putted for yet another four.

    The 34-year-old broke into a wide smile before embracing his delighted caddie as Garcia won on the tour for the first time since landing the Andalucia Masters crown in October 2011.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.