Garcia eases to Dubai victory

Sergio Garcia ended a three-year wait for a 12th European Tour title with a comfortable Dubai Desert Classic victory on Sunday.

The affable Spaniard won by three shots at Emirates Golf Club in his 250th European Tour appearance after a blemish-free three-under final round of 69, which took him to 19 under for the week.

Garcia had not won a European Tour event since his Qatar Masters success in January 2014, but he was not to be denied after fending off the challenge of Open champion Henrik Stenson.

The 37-year-old said he "couldn't really see much on the last three shots" after finishing his third round in fading light on Saturday, but kept his eyes on the prize in his fourth and final round.

Garcia held a three-stroke advantage at the start of the day and stretched that to four with a birdie at the first, before making a further gain at the ninth to go out in 33.

The four-time runner-up had got himself out of trouble at the eighth after a wild tee shot landed way out to the right in the desert, saving par despite also finding himself in a bunker.

Another gain at the 15th restored his advantage to four shots after Stenson had moved within two strokes of the leader and pars at the next three holes sealed a comfortable triumph.

Playing partner Stenson was unable to conjure up a first tournament win since his Open success last year, but maintained his impressive form with a closing 69 of his own to finish second.

Bogeys at the 12th and 15th prevented the world number four from ramping up the pressure on Garcia, who already had the win in the bag by the time the Swede came up with a fifth birdie of the day at the last.

Dane Lasse Jensen ended the week in style with a brilliant seven-under 65 to share third place with the consistent Tyrrell Hatton, who signed for a 67.

Matt Fitzpatrick and Peter Uihlein were a further shot back, while Ian Poulter fell back to joint 15th with a disappointing four-over 76, having been in contention at the start of the day.

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