Sergio Garcia is taking a three-shot lead over The Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic thanks to a birdie on the final hole in the darkness.
After finishing his second round due to Friday’s wind delays, the 18th was actually Garcia’s 31st hole of the day, so it’s safe to say that he did not want to return early on Sunday to finish his third round.
Garcia’s most recent victory was last May on the PGA Tour at the AT&T Byron Nelson and he last won on the European Tour at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2014.
Birdieing 18 in the darkness ????
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 4, 2017
Garcia’s finishing off in the dark brings back memories of several famous rounds that also wrapped up after the sun had set.
Tiger Woods finishing off the 2000 WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club with his final approach to the 18th green was famously in the dark, hitting his iron shot to within two feet of the hole. He would make birdie to seal his eleven-stroke victory and set the tournament record at 21-under.
Rory McIlroy won his fourth career major at the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. He beat Phil Mickelson by one shot, with a dramatic up-and-down out of a greenside bunker in the dark. After McIlroy and his playing partner Bernd Weisberger essentially finished the tournament’s final hole as a foursome with Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, he told CBS Sports “I wanted to win this thing and get out of here.”