Date: October 27, 2008

Sergio does it for Seve

Sergio Garcia dedicated his first European Tour win since 2005 to Seve Ballesteros after victory in the Castellon Masters on the course he played as a boy. Garcia, hosting the inaugural event at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo where his father is still the host professional, closed with a four-under-par 67 to finish three shots ahead of Sweden&aposs Peter Hedblom, who signed for a 66, and five clear of Alexander Noren (65). Ballesteros, 51, is seriously ill in hospital following three operations on a brain tumour. “I couldn&apost help but think about Seve,” said Garcia. “I&aposm sending all my love to him and his family and hope he recovers soon. “I hope this victory helps him to get a little better.” Having taken a four-shot lead into the final round after scores of 66, 65 and 66, Garcia held off the strong challenge of Hedblom, the only player who threatened to spoil the fairytale story when he opened with four successive birdies. But he never got ahead of Garcia, who used his knowledge of every nook and cranny of the course to complete a memorable victory and move up to third in the world rankings. English duo David Lynn and Simon Dyson were tied for second overnight alongside Hedblom and Soren Kjeldsen, but failed to close the gap and ended up joint fourth after rounds of 69. Peter O&aposMalley, the sole Aussie in the field finished in a disappointing 65th place at three-over par. “It feels absolutely awesome,” said Garcia. “I didn&apost play amazing and when Peter had such a great start I thought these guys were not making it easy for me.” “On the back nine I felt I had it under control and had a lot of chances and putts but didn&apost make that many.” “It just feels very special and means so much. Just getting the tournament here was special for me and my family but to play the way I did and win it is awesome.” Garcia birdied the first hole to move to 17-under overall but Hedblom did the same to keep him in his sights, and then reined the Spaniard back in with three more birdies to narrow the gap to just one shot. At the par-three sixth, Garcia missed the green from the tee and had a tricky chip which he failed to get up and down, while Hedblom sank a simple putt for par to draw level on 16-under. Garcia immediately responded by picking up a shot at the seventh, holing a putt from eight feet following an excellent approach shot to regain the outright lead, and extended that advantage with a birdie on the eighth. Both players birdied the 13th and 16th and when Hedblom bogeyed the 17th to fall three shots behind, it was all but over. There was also drama as two players battled for 118th place on the Order of Merit to retain their card for next season. With 118th-placed Patrick Sjoland failing to make the cut, Garry Houston needed just under 8,800 pounds to keep his card but finishing two-under overall left him short. Francois Delamontagne was eventually the lucky man, scraping in by about 240 pounds despite carding a three-over 74. PGA Golf, Fourth Round of the Castello Masters, Spain -20: Sergio Garcia 66 65 66 67 -17: Peter Hedblom 68 65 68 66 -15: Alexander Noren 68 68 68 65 -14: Simon Dyson 66 67 68 69, Soren Kjeldsen 64 67 70 69, David Lynn 67 66 68 69 -13: Richard Finch 65 66 71 69, Peter Hanson 65 73 67 66 -12: Paul Casey 69 67 69 67, Stephen Gallacher 67 70 65 70, Mikhael Lundberg 67 68 68 69, Rory McIlroy 68 67 69 68 -11: Alvaro Quiros 67 66 76 64, Jeev Mikha Singh 71 66 69 67 Also: +3: Peter O Malley (Australia) 72 70 75 70