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Golf | Asia

Sergio Garcia wins Johor Open



Spain's Sergio Garcia fired a sparkling 11-under-par 61 to claim the weather-hit Iskandar Johor Open tournament on Sunday as Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant became the oldest winner of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit title.

Heavy storms in southern Malaysia had already cut the Asian Tour's $2-million season-ending event to 54 holes and more adverse weather forced a further delay in play on Sunday.

Garcia, though, did not let it affect him as he produced some brilliant golf to finish the three rounds with an 18-under 198 total and win by three from American Jonathan Moore (61).

"It has been a long week obviously because of the weather and I couldn't have asked for a better way to end the week," world number 20 Garcia told reporters.

"It has been a great experience as this is my first time in Malaysia and to be able to win is a treat.

"The most important thing about playing under these kinds of conditions is to keep the momentum going especially with so much disruption. It's hard to keep up mentally and I sort of did that yesterday morning where I finished poorly but today I came back strongly."

The tournament's highest-ranked player did not drop a shot during the final round at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club, firing seven birdies to make the turn in 29 and spark hopes of a rare 59.

The 32-year-old Ryder Cup winner could only par his final two holes, though, as he signed for a joint best round of the week to claim his second tournament win of the year, following his Wyndham Classic victory on the PGA Tour in August.

Thailand's Thaworn was also celebrating as he produced a final-round 65 to finish tied fifth and clinch his second Asian Tour Order of Merit title ahead of his 46th birthday this month.

He had started the final round one shot behind Marcus Fraser, who trailed the Thai by $25 261 in the merit standings, but the Australian could close with only a level-par 72 for a share of 21st.

"I never thought I could win the Order of Merit at this age," Thaworn told reporters. "I just enjoy playing week by week and meeting my friends on Tour. I'm quite happy with that.

"I put in a lot of effort and focus to win this year so I'm very happy that I finished as No 1."

Thaworn's compatriot Thongchai Jaidee finished third, four shots behind Garcia with a 65, with overnight leader Daniel Chopra of Sweden a further shot back in fourth with a 69.

Big-hitting American John Daly also shot a 65 to finish tied 15th on eight under while multiple major winner Ernie Els completed a disappointing week with a final round of level par for a three-under total in tied 48th.

FINAL SCORES

198 – Sergio GARCIA 68 69 61

201 – Jonathan MOORE 69 71 61

202 – Thongchai JAIDEE 66 71 65

203 – Daniel CHOPRA 68 66 69

205 – Antonio LASCUNA 68 68 69, Thaworn WIRATCHANT 71 69 65, Masanori KOBAYASHI 71 67 67, Angelo QUE 67 70 68, Chapchai NIRAT 68 67 70

206 – Shiv KAPUR 67 70 69, SSP CHOWRASIA 67 69 70

207 – Mardan MAMAT 70 69 68, Berry HENSON 70 69 68, Gunn CHAROENKUL 72 68 67

208 – John DALY 74 69 65, BAEK Seuk-hyun 66 72 70, Scott BARR 72 65 71

209 – Javi COLOMO 72 67 70, Arnond VONGVANIJ 70 69 70, Gavin Kyle GREEN 70 68 71

210 – Daisuke MARUYAMA 71 70 69, Marcus FRASER 70 68 72, Unho PARK 65 71 74, Rick KULACZ 68 71 71, SIDDIKUR 72 71 67, Kalle SAMOOJA 67 73 70, Himmat RAI 76 66 68, Anirban LAHIRI 70 69 71, Chawalit PLAPHOL 73 68 69, Gaganjeet BHULLAR 71 70 69, Wade ORMSBY 71 72 67

211 – Michael CAMPBELL 71 70 70, Andrew DODT 69 74 68, Rikard KARLBERG 70 70 71, Jaakko MAKITALO 68 72 71, Jyoti RANDHAWA 69 73 69, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL 73 69 69

212Jbe KRUGER 71 69 72, Danny CHIA 75 67 70, KIM Gi-whan 70 70 72, Scott HEND 72 71 69, Prom MEESAWAT 72 67 73, Michael TRAN 70 71 71, Prayad MARKSAENG 71 70 71, Derek ERNST 72 70 70, S Siva CHANDHRAN 72 70 70, Mithun PERERA 71 72 69

213 – LAM Chih Bing 71 68 74, Tetsuji HIRATSUKA 73 69 71, Quincy QUEK 71 71 71, Ernie ELS 69 72 72, Sukree OTHMAN 70 73 70, David LIPSKY 63 73 77, Jesper KENNEGARD 68 74 71, Digvijay SINGH 68 74 71

214 – MO Joong-kyung 71 70 73, Joonas GRANBERG 72 66 76, LEE Sung 71 70 73, Adam GROOM 71 71 72, Adilson DA SILVA 69 74 71, Peter KARMIS 67 73 74, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL 71 71 72

215 – Darren BECK 68 75 72

216 – Ron HARVEY Jr 70 71 75, Felipe AGUILAR 67 70 79, Kevin NA 66 74 76, R NACHIMUTHU 72 71 73, Chris RODGERS 72 71 73, Martin ROMINGER 72 71 73

217 – Panuwat MUENLEK 69 74 74, Kwanchai TANNIN 70 71 76

220 – Elmer SALVADOR 70 73 77, Stephen LEWTON 71 72 77

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