Sergio Garcia finished with a one-shot lead on Sunday at the 2020 Sanderson Farms to claim his first PGA Tour title since 2017. Garcia finished at 19 under, one shot ahead of American Peter Malnati, after carding a five-under 67. Garcia shared the lead with Malnati up to the 18th hole before winning the game with a victory birdie.
The Spaniard started the day by sharing the lead with two others. He made a birdie on the first and third hole but made a bogey on the sixth. That mistake only made him do better as he made a 30-foot putt at the 7th hole.
His eighth putt landed in water but he was again quick to recover and make up with a birdie at the 9th hole. The more he played, the better he got and after the 13th, he was able to score an eagle at the 14th hole. Tied with Malnati on the 17th, Garcia lunches a 2-foot birdie on the 18th that put him a shot ahead and ended the game.
This is his 11th PGA Tour title and his first in over three and half years. The win also moves him to number 38 on the Official World Golf Ranking, being number 51 last week. Speaking after the event, he described his win as “the perfect ending for an amazing week,” putting his win on trusting himself.
He further said, “It’s obviously a boost of confidence, there’s no doubt. Every time you play well, even if I would have not won it, it still would have been a massive high for me this week. To be able to do a lot of the things that I did, it meant a lot. It showed me a lot of what I still have and what I still can do. It’s obviously exciting. I’m finally very happy with the equipment that I have in my bag, with everything that I’m playing. I feel like I’m starting to be the old me, being able to hit shots from every angle, and obviously it’s exciting.” He also mentioned how he thought he made a birdie on the 17th but it did not turn out to be so. Garcia dedicated his win to two of his uncles who died from the coronavirus.
Malnati was able to record a career-best of 63, finishing two shots ahead of fellow American JT Poston, who was an overnight joint leader.
Written by: Leon Osamor