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Garcia takes title and world no. 2 spot in a playoff

Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia emerged victorious at the US$5 million HSBC Champions with a win that sees him take the number two spot behind Tiger Woods in the world ranking.

Garcia savoured his Shanghai success at the Sheshan International Golf Club when he edged past England’s Oliver Wilson in a gripping play-off at the second extra hole.

The Spaniard had started the final day two shots behind Wilson but charged back into contention with a final four-under-par 68.

Wilson then posted a 70 for both players to finish on matching 274s, forcing play to go into a play-off in the rain-delayed event.

Both Garcia and Wilson posted even-par on the first play-off hole and when Wilson missed a 10-footer putt for birdie on the second play-off hole, it was left to Garcia to sink his own seven-foot birdie putt from the fringe of the 18th green.

The Spaniard then watched in delight when his putt sailed into the cup, sealing his win in an event where it was always going to a close call to determine the winner, given the quality of players competing.

“I think my next goal is to try to win a major. I’ve been trying for quite a while, but winning a major would be the next goal,” said the new world number two, who also takes home the winner’s prize cheque of US$833,300.

“Taking over Tiger as the world’s number one depends a little bit on how much Tiger takes off and if I keep playing well, it's possible, mainly because he's been injured,” said Garcia.

“But we know that as soon as he comes out, he's going to play well and he seems to get away from us a little bit. I've never been this close to number one, and it's exciting to be there,” added Garcia on his new world ranking.

Meanwhile Wilson with eight second-place finishes on the European Tour was aiming for his maiden breakthrough this week but was once again left to rue his chances.

“Sergio played great and that's why he was up there. That was a great shot he hit in there, and made a great putt. So congratulations for him, but obviously I'm disappointed,” said Wilson

Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia posted a final round 70 for a 275 total to share third place with Peter Hanson of Sweden while fellow Swede Henrik Stenson who had earlier taken the first and second round lead is in fifth place on 277.

Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng finished as Asia’s best player after signing off on 279 to take a share of eighth place together with Phil Mickelson of the United States.

“Everything worked well for me this week. I like the way I’ve been playing all week and the experience of playing in such cold and windy conditions help a lot,” said Prayad who earned US$118,500 as a result of his finish that also sees him move up to 12th position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang reignited his charge by firing off four birdies in his opening front-nine to reach the turn in 32 before play was stopped due to darkness on Sunday.

The three-time Asian Tour winner continued his homeward run with another birdie on the 10th when play resumed but could not sustain the momentum, giving back three shots with a trio of bogeys after the 13th to eventually finish on 69 in tied-16th.

“I would have finished stronger up the leader board if not for those bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 15th. It was really cold out there and my hands were almost numb,” said Lin.

“However, overall it was a great experience playing with the best from the world and I know that events like this will only help develop me into a better player,” added Lin.

Double Major winner this year, Padraig Harrington carded a 281 to finish in tied-11th while home favourite Liang Wen-chong of China returned with a 286 to take a share of 24th place.

Leading final round scores (click here for final scores and prize money):

274 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 66-68-72-68, Oliver Wilson (ENG) 67-68-69-70
(Garcia defeated Wilson in the second play-off hole)
275 - Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 70-65-70-70,Peter Hanson (SWE) 69-70-70-66
277 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 65-69-72-71
278 - Adam Scott (AUS) 66-71-71-70,Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 69-72-67-70
279 - Phil Mickelson (USA) 66-70-70-73,Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 68-70-71-70
280 - Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 70-67-73-70
281 - Paul Casey (ENG) 71-70-68-72,Padraig Harrington (IRL) 69-70-74-68, Peter Lawrie (IRL) 68-72-73-68

Selected Scores

284 - Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 69-71-75-69
286 - Liang Wen-chong (CHN) 71-69-72-74

November 10, 2008


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