Garcia bags second title of 2012 season in weather-hit event

Mon, Dec 17, 2012, 00:00

Spain’s Sergio Garcia fired a sparkling 11-under-par 61 to claim the weather-hit Iskandar Johor Open golf tournament yesterday as Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant became the oldest winner of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title.

Heavy storms in southern Malaysia had already cut the Asian Tour’s $2-million season-ending event to 54 holes and more adverse weather forced a further delay in play.

Garcia, though, did not let it affect him as he produced some brilliant golf to finish the three rounds with an 18-under 198 total and win by three from American Jonathan Moore (61).

“It has been a long week, obviously, because of the weather and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the week,” said Garcia.

“It has been a great experience as this is my first time in Malaysia and to be able to win is a treat. The most important thing about playing under these kinds of conditions is to keep the momentum going, especially with so much disruption.

“It’s hard to keep up mentally and I sort of did that yesterday morning where I finished poorly but today I came back strongly.”

The tournament’s highest-ranked player did not drop a shot during the final round at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club, firing seven birdies to make the turn in 29 and spark hopes of a rare 59.

The 32-year-old Ryder Cup winner could only par his final two holes, though, as he signed for a joint best round of the week to claim his second tournament win of the year, following his Wyndham Classic victory on the PGA Tour in August.

Thailand’s Thaworn was also celebrating as he produced a final-round 65 to finish tied fifth and clinch his second Asian merit title ahead of his 46th birthday this month.

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