SERGIO GARCIA has moved into the top ten in the world golf rankings following his win at the 2014 Qatar Masters.
Garcia beat Finland’s Mikko Ilonen on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off to make up for missing out 12 months ago when England’s Chris Wood made an eagle on the 72nd hole to beat Garcia and George Coetzee by a shot.
For the second year running Garcia produced a stunning late charge at the Doha Golf Club to post a flawless 7-under 65 and set the clubhouse target of 16 under.
The 34 year old Spaniard crucially missed from eight feet for a birdie on the last and then looked on as Ilonen birdied the 16th and 18th to complete a 66 and force extra holes.
“It feels good,” Garcia said after hoisting his 11th European Tour title.
It was also his seventh European Tour play-off – having won two and lost four.
“I almost feel less pressure because you feel like you’ve had a great week already and if you win it’s kind of like a little bit of a bonus,” he said.
The win put Garcia into world # 9 with Jason Day now #10.
The Aussies in Dubai didn’t come to the party for the Australia Day long weekend, with Marcus Fraser the best shooting a final round 4-under 68 to finish on 4-under tied for 54th.
The European Tour plays the final event of its three week desert swing this week with the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.Qatar Masters Leaderboard