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Garcia outduels Stenson in Thailand

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.

Chonburi, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) - Sergio Garcia shot 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to win the Thailand Golf Championship by four strokes over Henrik Stenson.

Garcia, who held a 4-stroke overnight lead, finished at 22-under-par 266 at Amata Spring Country Club for his first win of 2013 and his fourth career Asian Tour title.

"It was great, an amazing week, obviously being the last week of the year and for having Katharina (Boehm) caddie for me," said the 33-year-old Garcia, who had his girlfriend on the bag throughout the event.

Stenson, winner of the PGA Tour's FedExCup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in 2013, also shot 68 to grab second place at 18-under. Alexander Levy (69) took third at 14-under, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (72) and Charl Schwartzel (67) shared fourth with two others at minus-13.

Stenson trimmed his overnight deficit to a pair by the turn, as the Swede went bogey-free with three birdies over that span. Garcia played his opening nine at 1-under, with two birdies and a bogey, but he seized control after the turn, reeling off three straight birdies from the 10th to regain a comfortable advantage. The Spaniard played his remaining six holes at even-par to seal the victory.

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