Sergio Garcia climbed back into golf’s world’s top 20 with a victory in the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama in Spain.
Garcia, 31, started the day two shots clear of compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez and survived a shaky start to take his second title in a week.
The Spaniard ended a three-year title drought last weekend with an emphatic 11-shot victory at the Castello Masters and closed out victory with a 71.
Jimenez led at the turn but finished a shot back on five under after a 70.
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, leader going into the weekend, briefly jumped into a share of the lead with Garcia on the back nine, only to shank his tee shot on the par-three 15th.
His ball was only found after the five-minute search time had elapsed and the resulting double bogey effectively ended his hopes.
It’s great to see Sergio’s hunger back for golf, and he actually seemed to be enjoying the fight on the back nine with Jimenez.
Jimenez was playing some great golf at times and was desperately unlucky with a couple of birdie putts that so nearly dropped in the closing stretch.
Watching the event live on TV bought back a lot of memories of the Ryder Cup in 1997, especially watching Sergio playing the 18th reminded me of when Colin Montgomerie hit a brilliant tee shot and managed to close out victory against Scott Hoch in what was one of the best Ryder Cups ever!