Reigns in Desert

Sergio Garcia makes it a dozen in the desert by claiming his 12th European Tour title as he completed a dominant wire-to-wire win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2017

Sergio Garcia’s victory continued Spain's fine record in the Dubai Desert Classic as Garcia became the sixth Spanish winner

The Spaniard set the tone with an opening-round 65 at Emirates Golf Club and never looked back, finishing with a bogey-free 69 to get to 19 under and beat The 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.

"I'm very happy to play the way I played, " Garcia said. "The way I handled some of the key moments and to beat Henrik, we all know how great a player he is. Henrik is always there so you've got to stay calm and collected with him.

"The eighth was very, very big because it was the worst drive I hit all week, unfortunately, but it was a massive save and then I birdied nine which was great. The 16th was important but I think 15 was more important. Even on the 18th with a four-shot lead I knew that I needed to hit a good third shot because you can mess it up a little bit there if you're not careful

"It's a great start to the year so we're going to try to keep going the same way." The Spaniard concluded.

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