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Sergio García completes Andalucía Masters hat-trick after weather delay

García with the trophy.
García with the trophy. / SUR
  • The bad weather took its toll on the tournament which ran on until Monday after several stoppages

Spanish golfer Sergio García fought off the weather and a late challenge from Ireland's Shane Lowry to win a third Andalucía Valderrama Masters in succession.

The reigning champion and host of the tournament through his foundation finished his interrupted final round on Monday, shooting 69 to end four shots clear at 12 under par.

The tournament at the famous course in Sotogrande (Cadiz) was frequently interrupted by thunderstorms and had to be completed a day late on Monday, even after being reduced to 54 holes.

"It's amazing to be able to win here at Valderrama three times - it's a dream come true," García said. "This golf course is so challenging and for me to be able to go out there in the conditions we played in all week and shoot three rounds under par means a lot."

This was García's 15th European Tour win and there was also good news for fellow Spaniard Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño who retained his spot on the tour.