Sergio Garcia wins Dubai Desert Classic
Garcia ranked 1st in Greens In Regulation. 2nd for Driving Accuracy and 3rd for Driving Distance, all of which added up to rounds of 65, 67, 68 and 69 and a three-shot win over Henrik Stenson.
In a week where the early headlines were dominated by Tiger Woods’ appearance – and subsequent withdrawal – and adverse weather conditions, Garcia led from start to finish. This was his eighth appearance in Dubai and his first top 10.
The Spaniard was threatened but gave nothing away, not dropping a shot, while Stenson mixed five birdies and two bogeys for his 69. The decisive moment came at the 15th where Garcia stiffed his tee shot to bolt four clear.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who was one-over after 27 holes, finished at 14-under to tie with Denmark’s Lasse Jensen in third. Ian Poulter, who was part of the final threeball, struggled to a closing 76.
Garcia will now move back inside the world’s top 10.
“We know Henrik will always come at you and he got on that run on the back nine,” Garcia said. “He hit it right over the flag on 15 and I knew he would have a tough up and down.
“To be able to hit the shot I hit with a 6-iron there was massive to give myself a kick-in birdie, and then obviously he made bogey. So I got back to four up to and then it was just a matter of staying calm.
“When I get to Augusta, US Open, the British Open, PGA, I just want to do the best I can. Just like I try any other week. Some weeks I’m really good like this week, and some weeks are not quite as good. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not trying. So at the end of the day the only thing I can do is give my best out there and if I leave the course feeling like I gave it everything then I am trying.”