The week began with the buzz that accompanies having Tiger Woods in the field. While the 14-time major champion shot a horrendous opening round 77, Garica was playing in the group ahead of Woods and quietly moved to the top of the leaderboard.
When Woods withdrew prior to the beginning of the second round, the storyline shifted to the duel between Garcia and The Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson.
It turned out to not be much of a duel at all as Garcia birdied the 18th hole in the dark to conclude the third round and take a three-shot lead into the final round, where his bogey free 69 ensured him the three shot victory over Stenson.
“I’m very happy to play the way I played, ” Garcia told europeantour.com. “The way I handled some of the key moments and to beat Henrik, we all now how great a player he is … It’s a great start to the year so we’re going to try to keep going the same way.”
The win was Garcia’s 12th on the European Tour and first since the 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. He also won last May on the PGA Tour at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Next up on the European Tour is the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.