Sergio Garcia cruises to Singapore Open victory

Sergio Garcia cruises to Singapore Open victory

SINGAPORE (AP) - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his new found self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

"Today, I was attempting to play the same way as I did during practice and follow my coach's advice".

Japan's Satoshi Kodaira, the six-time Japan Golf Tour victor, shared second place with Shaun Norris of South Africa with a total nine-under-par 275. "There were some very challenging holes but I played very well and then was just steady on the back-nine to make sure I wasn't making any bogeys", Garcia said in an interview at the trophy ceremony.

"It was a great week overall. You still need to hit a lot of good shots to do well here and I was able to do that".

Tournament drawcard Sergio Garcia has been at less than his best after an opening 66 but remains the player to beat at 7-under for the week with nine holes of his third round remaining.

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The Japanese player's frustration was understandable, having recorded double bogeys each time, including in yesterday's third round which came after he had birdied the opening two holes, and reached nine under to lead the Singapore Open briefly.

The world number 10 then settled into safety mode, aiming for the centre of the greens rather than attacking the pins, as he parred his last 10 holes on the rapidly drying Sentosa Golf Club layout to ensure no one could capitalise on any errors.

The 34-year-old Chapchai, who lost his Asian Tour card last season and only made the field because of his career money earnings, started the third round at a total of seven-under 135. "Hopefully we can carry on like that".

The duo had the consolation of earning a place in the 147th Open at Carnoustie in July - the Singapore Open is the third event of 12 events in The Open Qualifying Series - along with American Sean Crocker (69), who tied for sixth place with Australian Open champion Cameron Davis (70), and Australia's Lucas Herbert.

Garcia, 38, began the day with a birdie on the first hole and added two more in quick succession before the turn on holes seven and eight.


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