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Sergio Garcia wins Qatar Masters
Sergio Garcia defeated Mikko Ilonen in a play-off to win the Qatar Masters.
Garcia was determined for a better outcome than his heartbreaking defeat to Chris Wood 12 months ago and soared through in sudden death to get his hands around the trophy.
He set the clubhouse target of 16-under-par after a flawless seven-under 65, but the 34-year-old failed to deliver with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last before being forced to watch on as Ilonen birdied the 16th and 18th to compete a 66 and force the game into overtime.
Both players returned to the 18th and both found the green on the par five in two, with Ilonen missing his eagle attempt from 25 foot before Garcia did likewise from only half of that same distance.
When Ilonen tried the 18th again his still failed to deliver a killer blow, missing an eagle attempt from 25 foot after Garcia got up and down from a greenside bunker.
It all came down to the third extra hole, which would prove decisive in creating a winner. Ilonen found the same bunker and was unable to rescue a birdie, which left Garcia a tap-in to secure an 11th European Tour title after missing with his long eagle putt previously.
Speaking to Sky Sports News Garcia said "I almost feel less pressure because you feel like you've had a great week already and if you win it's kind of like a little bit of a bonus. It's been an amazing week already and I was definitely more nervous on my tee shot on the 18th (in regulation) than in the play-off. That's probably why I hit three better tee shots."