Sergio Garcia wins first title of 2013 in Thailand

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Chonburi, Thailand (4E Sports) – Sergio Garcia fired a final-round 68 to romp away with a four-shot victory at the Thailand Golf Championship and his first title of 2013 at the Amata Spring Country Club.

After carding a second straight 65 Saturday, the 33-year-old Garcia turned in a solid final round that featured six birdies and two bogeys to finish at 22-under and beat world No 3 Henrik Stenson.

The trophy was the first this year for Garcia, whose last victory came at the Johor Open, an Asian Tour event in Malaysia last December.

“It’s feels amazing,” Garcia said. “Obviously, I’ve been fortunate to play here three times, counting this one, and I’ve been getting better every year, but it was a great week from the beginning.”

“They have taken such great care of us here and Henrik was pushing, he was pushing hard on that front nine,” he added.

Stenson, who recently made history when he became the first player to win the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup, matched Garcia’s 68 in his final round for a closing total of 18-under.

Frenchman Alexander Levy shot a 69 to finish another four shots back in third place.

Last year’s winner, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa shot a second straight 67 to finish in a share of fourth place with Yuki Kono of Japan, US Open champion Justin Rose and Anirban Lahiri of India.

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