Dominant Garcia wins Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Spaniard defeated Open champion Henrik Stenson by three shots
Sergio Garcia of Spain acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on February 5, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
By Reuters
Sun 05 Feb 2017 06:18 PM

Sergio Garcia claimed his 12th European Tour title as he completed a dominant wire-to-wire win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Spaniard set the tone with an opening 65 at Emirates Golf Club on Thursday and never looked back, finishing with a bogey-free 69 to get to 19 under and beat Open champion Henrik Stenson by three shots.

Garcia entered the final round with a three-shot lead and while back-to-back birdies from Stenson on the 13th and 14th applied some pressure, the 37-year-old produced a stunning tee-shot on the 15th and a brilliant up-and-down on the next to ease to victory.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and Dane Lasse Jensen were then at 14 under, two shots clear of Matthew Fitzpatrick and Peter Uihlein.

Garcia celebrated his 250th European Tour appearance in some style, claiming his first win since the 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and potentially moving back into the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The victory continued Spain's fine record in the Dubai Desert Classic as Garcia became the sixth Spanish winner following the great Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Alvaro Quiros and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Sergio Garcia of Spain poses with the trophy and his girlfriend Angela Akins following his victory during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on February 5, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)

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