European Tour

Andalucia Valderrama Masters 2018

October 18-21

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

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October 18-21

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

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Round 3 Pt2

Garcia secures Valderrama hat trick

October 22, 2018

Sergio Garcia successfully wrapped up his third Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation title with a four-shot victory, after weather delays took the tournament into a fifth day.

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The 2017 Masters Tournament winner had been in possession of a three-shot lead when stormy conditions forced play to be suspended on Sunday night after a series of weather delays on the opening three days at Real Club Valderrama had already seen the tournament reduced to 54 holes.

The defending champion - who also won this event in 2011 - powered to victory when play resumed on Monday, carding three birdies and a single bogey in his last 11 holes to finish the week on 12 under par at a course he counts as one of his favourites.

“To be able to win three times here in Valderrama is a dream come true. It's so difficult, this golf course is so challenging. For me to be able to shoot three rounds under par with the positions we played all week, all the rain we had, and all the stop and going means a lot. I'm very proud of that."

“I knew the guys would attack, they would be going after me. This is the kind of golf course that if you're a little bit off you can struggle but if your game is on it gives you a lot of birdie opportunities. Obviously Shane was playing well, he got close to me, then unfortunately he doubled 15 and then I dug up an extra gap with my birdie on 14 and opened it to four."

Irishman Shane Lowry recorded his best finish of the season, taking second place at eight under par after a final round 66.

The 31 year old - whose last victory came at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - had given Garcia a scare when he closed the gap to a single shot courtesy of three birdies in a row at the start of the back nine, but a double bogey at the short 15th hole halted his challenge.

“I was going well yesterday but I came back out this morning on fire as well. Birdied ten, 11 and 12, flying, lipped out on 13 and 14 and then hit the worst shot I've hit all year on 15. Made double there, but the positive is that it's probably the only bad shot I hit in that round."

“A 66 around here and being in contention is pretty good. I'm just disappointed I didn't put a bit of pressure on Sergio. I had it to within one at one stage and then I made double and he made birdie. That was it. But it's my best week of the year, serious positives to take from it, and I've got a great four weeks coming up now to finish the season.”

Finland's Mikko Korhonen finished two shots further back at six under par, one ahead of England's Ashley Chesters. Lee Westwood and Maximillian Kieffer of Germany were then at four under par, alongside another local favourite, seven-time European Tour winner Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, who secured his European Tour card for 2019 with his share of fifth place.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay also kept his card after finishing in a share of 11th on two under par to jump up to 115th on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, with England's David Horsey clinching the final place.

“I didn't sleep the best but I think I came out and proved a lot to myself, arguably under the most pressure I've ever felt coming down the stretch, but it's a course I love which made it far easier to go out there and play," said Ramsay.

“I had some good looks at some great putts on 16 and 17 and then I rolled in a nice little tester at the end from about three feet. A three footer under normal circumstances is very easy, but not when your job is on the line.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
68
64
69
201
2
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
69
70
66
205
3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
69
71
67
207
4
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
66
70
72
208
T5
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
70
68
71
209
T5
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
71
68
70
209
T5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
72
71
66
209
T8
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-3
73
71
66
210
T8
Jason Norris
AUS
-3
69
71
70
210
T8
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-3
69
71
70
210
T11
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
67
73
71
211
T11
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
73
71
67
211
T11
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
69
69
73
211
T11
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
71
69
71
211
T11
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
69
74
68
211
T16
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-1
71
72
69
212
T16
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
68
70
74
212
T16
Paul Peterson
USA
-1
70
72
70
212
T16
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
72
71
69
212
T16
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
71
73
68
212
T16
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
74
72
66
212
T22
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
73
70
70
213
T22
David Lipsky
USA
Par
73
70
70
213
T22
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
73
70
213
T22
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
68
73
72
213
T22
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
72
70
213
T22
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
71
72
70
213
T22
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
68
72
73
213
T29
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
71
71
72
214
T29
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
73
72
69
214
T29
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
1
72
72
70
214
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
77
68
69
214
T29
David Drysdale
SCO
1
72
69
73
214
T29
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
71
71
72
214
T29
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
75
70
69
214
T29
Marcus Fraser
AUS
1
71
75
68
214
T29
Pep Angles
ESP
1
71
74
69
214
T29
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
72
71
71
214
T29
Samuel Del Val
ESP
1
72
74
68
214
T29
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
75
70
69
214
T29
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
74
71
69
214
T42
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
75
71
69
215
T42
David Horsey
ENG
2
73
70
72
215
T42
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
74
72
69
215
T42
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
72
73
70
215
T42
Laurie Canter
ENG
2
71
72
72
215
T42
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
2
72
72
71
215
T42
Paul Waring
ENG
2
72
72
71
215
T42
Richard Bland
ENG
2
70
73
72
215
T42
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
72
69
74
215
T42
Steven Brown
ENG
2
70
72
73
215
T52
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
74
71
71
216
T52
Gavin Green
MAS
3
76
70
70
216
T52
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
3
71
69
76
216
T52
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
3
70
70
76
216
T52
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
72
69
75
216
57
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
69
75
73
217
T58
Chase Koepka
USA
5
72
74
72
218
T58
Christopher Mivis
BEL
5
72
72
74
218
T58
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
76
70
72
218
T58
Connor Syme
SCO
5
73
72
73
218
T58
Matthew Southgate
ENG
5
71
74
73
218
T58
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
71
75
72
218
T58
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
73
71
74
218
T58
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
75
71
72
218
T66
Frederik Dreier
DEN
6
74
71
74
219
T66
Padraig Harrington
IRL
6
72
74
73
219
T66
Scott Hend
AUS
6
73
73
73
219
T66
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
75
70
74
219
70
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
7
74
72
74
220
T71
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
69
75
77
221
T71
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
8
72
73
76
221
T73
Gary Stal
FRA
9
73
73
76
222
T73
Nino Bertasio
ITA
9
70
73
79
222
T75
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
10
71
75
77
223
T75
Bradley Neil
SCO
10
73
72
78
223
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
5
72
75
-
147
CUT
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
5
73
74
-
147
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
5
75
72
-
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
5
72
75
-
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
5
72
75
-
147
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
73
74
-
147
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
75
72
-
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
5
71
76
-
147
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
5
75
72
-
147
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
72
75
-
147
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
73
74
-
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
72
75
-
147
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
74
73
-
147
CUT
Max Albertus
NED
5
72
75
-
147
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
5
71
76
-
147
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
75
72
-
147
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
5
69
78
-
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
75
72
-
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
73
74
-
147
CUT
Alexander Knappe
GER
6
74
74
-
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
6
74
74
-
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
6
76
72
-
148
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
76
72
-
148
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
6
70
78
-
148
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
6
71
77
-
148
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
7
75
74
-
149
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
7
73
76
-
149
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
7
77
72
-
149
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
8
75
75
-
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
8
76
74
-
150
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
8
79
71
-
150
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
74
77
-
151
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
9
73
78
-
151
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
9
79
72
-
151
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
10
75
77
-
152
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
10
73
79
-
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
78
74
-
152
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
10
80
72
-
152
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
11
76
77
-
153
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
11
73
80
-
153
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
11
73
80
-
153
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
12
76
78
-
154
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
12
74
80
-
154
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
12
79
75
-
154
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
75
79
-
154
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
14
80
76
-
156
DSQ
David Howell
ENG
Par
78
-
-
78
DSQ
Jorge Campillo
ESP
Par
69
72
-
141
RET
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
-
-
-
0
RET
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
72
-
-
72
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R3
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
69
201
2
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
66
205
3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
67
207
4
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
72
208
T5
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
71
209
T5
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
70
209
T5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
66
209
T8
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-3
66
210
T8
Jason Norris
AUS
-3
70
210
T8
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-3
70
210
T11
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
71
211
T11
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
67
211
T11
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
73
211
T11
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
71
211
T11
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
68
211
T16
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-1
69
212
T16
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
74
212
T16
Paul Peterson
USA
-1
70
212
T16
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
69
212
T16
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
68
212
T16
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
66
212
T22
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
70
213
T22
David Lipsky
USA
Par
70
213
T22
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
213
T22
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
72
213
T22
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
70
213
T22
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
70
213
T22
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
73
213
T29
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
72
214
T29
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
69
214
T29
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
1
70
214
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
69
214
T29
David Drysdale
SCO
1
73
214
T29
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
72
214
T29
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
69
214
T29
Marcus Fraser
AUS
1
68
214
T29
Pep Angles
ESP
1
69
214
T29
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
71
214
T29
Samuel Del Val
ESP
1
68
214
T29
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
69
214
T29
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
69
214
T42
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
69
215
T42
David Horsey
ENG
2
72
215
T42
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
69
215
T42
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
70
215
T42
Laurie Canter
ENG
2
72
215
T42
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
2
71
215
T42
Paul Waring
ENG
2
71
215
T42
Richard Bland
ENG
2
72
215
T42
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
74
215
T42
Steven Brown
ENG
2
73
215
T52
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
71
216
T52
Gavin Green
MAS
3
70
216
T52
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
3
76
216
T52
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
3
76
216
T52
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
75
216
57
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
73
217
T58
Chase Koepka
USA
5
72
218
T58
Christopher Mivis
BEL
5
74
218
T58
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
72
218
T58
Connor Syme
SCO
5
73
218
T58
Matthew Southgate
ENG
5
73
218
T58
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
72
218
T58
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
74
218
T58
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
72
218
T66
Frederik Dreier
DEN
6
74
219
T66
Padraig Harrington
IRL
6
73
219
T66
Scott Hend
AUS
6
73
219
T66
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
74
219
70
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
7
74
220
T71
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
77
221
T71
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
8
76
221
T73
Gary Stal
FRA
9
76
222
T73
Nino Bertasio
ITA
9
79
222
T75
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
10
77
223
T75
Bradley Neil
SCO
10
78
223
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
5
-
147
CUT
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
5
-
147
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
5
-
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
5
-
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
5
-
147
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
-
147
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
-
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
5
-
147
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
5
-
147
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
-
147
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
-
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
-
147
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
-
147
CUT
Max Albertus
NED
5
-
147
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
5
-
147
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
-
147
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
5
-
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
-
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
-
147
CUT
Alexander Knappe
GER
6
-
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
6
-
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
6
-
148
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
-
148
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
6
-
148
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
6
-
148
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
7
-
149
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
7
-
149
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
7
-
149
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
8
-
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
8
-
150
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
8
-
150
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
-
151
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
9
-
151
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
9
-
151
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
10
-
152
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
10
-
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
-
152
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
10
-
152
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
11
-
153
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
11
-
153
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
11
-
153
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
12
-
154
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
12
-
154
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
12
-
154
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
-
154
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
14
-
156
DSQ
David Howell
ENG
Par
-
78
DSQ
Jorge Campillo
ESP
Par
-
141
RET
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
-
0
RET
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
-
72