Sunday, September 15, 2019

Spain's Sergio Garcia shot a final-round three-under par 69 and finished at 18-under overall to win the 100th edition of the KLM Open in Amsterdam by a single stroke on Sunday.

The win was Garcia's 16th on the European Tour and the 2017 Masters champion's first title in the Netherlands, which he happily celebrated with his one-year-old daughter Azalea on the green at the 18th hole.

Danish 18-year-old Nicolai Hojgaard, who was two strokes behind the Spaniard after the third round, nearly tied for the lead but missed an eagle putt on the 18th and finished with a birdie to sign for a four-under 68 and second place.

A cautious Garcia, who bogeyed the 17th, played it safe on the par-five 18th, sinking a one-foot putt to clinch the title.

"Great week, amazing," Garcia said. "We had a great week and it's great to win again. It was nice I only needed a five on the last."

Garcia's final round was far from ideal. He sank seven birdies -- including four on the front nine -- but they were offset by four bogeys.

However, he successfully held a 54-hole lead for the ninth time in his European Tour career as others struggled.

Fellow overnight leader Callum Shinkwin of England carded a poor round of 74 to drop down the leaderboard to fifth.


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