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Sergio García caps off the best season of his career with victory at Valderrama

Sergio García in front of his adoring public.
Sergio García in front of his adoring public. / EFE
  • The Spaniard wins the Andalucía Masters for the second time and returns to the world top ten

Sergio García has many reasons to be happy these days. Throughout the Andalucía Masters competition held at Valderrama over the weekend, the Spanish golfer was congratulated for a number of things: his recent marriage, the news he will soon become a father, his inclusion as an honorary life member of the European Tour, and his epic win in the Masters in Augusta. However, now he can add victory at Valderrama to the list - a victory that caps off his most successful season in his career so far.

García, who was not only the host of the tournament through his charitable foundation, but also the favourite among the home crowd, saw off strong competition from Dutchman Joost Luiten, with whom he shared the lead on Thursday and who scored a spectacular albatross on Friday with perhaps the best shot ever seen at Valderrama.

On hole 15, Luiten attacked the lead García had earned by Sunday, but a bogey on the 16th, followed by a strong reaction by the man from Castellón (a birdie on the 17th) meant that like in 2011, the trophy would be won by the Spaniard.

García finished with 67 strokes, 12 under par, one ahead of than Luiten.

Some 40,000 people attended over the course of the four days, made up of numerous nationalities but unanimous in their support of García.

Following the two runaway leaders were Daniel Brooks (-7), Jamie Donaldson (-5) and Wade Ormsby (-4) to make up the top five. Alejandro Cañizares, the only local player making the cut, finished four over par.

García dedicated the victory to his wife, Angela, and the child they are expecting. "They deserve it," he said. "I've been fighting all week so I could given them something. Luckily it worked out well."