Sergio Garcia offered no let up on the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to claim a three shot victory over Henrik Stenson at the Emirates Golf Club.
The Spaniard entered the final 18 holes with a three shot lead and maintained that with a Sunday 69 en route to his 12th European Tour victory.Embed from Getty Images
The appearance in Dubai was Garcia’s first of the European Tour season and the outcome never looked in doubt during the final round as he opened with a birdie to extend his lead immediately; the victory will give an electric start to Garcia’s season on the Race to Dubai.
World-number-four Henrik Stenson fought well throughout and may have stood a chance if it wasn’t for bogeys on the 12th and 15th. It was Denmark’s Lasse Jensen who stole the show on Sunday with a final round 65 to fire himself up to tied third with England’s Tyrrell Hatton, whilst, previously starting the day in third, Ian Poulter stuttered with a final round 76 to fall away to tied 15th.Embed from Getty Images
The four-shot lead on the par five 18th for Garcia would have been difficult to lose, but the world-number-15 took the sensible route in laying up to ensure a par and no upset from the trailing Swede Stenson.
On a week where performance was over-shadowed by Tiger Woods’ faultering efforts and eventual withdrawal, nothing should be taken away from the consistent excellence from Garcia throughout the week with all four rounds sub-70.