Golf

Sergio Garcia ends PGA Tour drought with triumph in Mississippi

Spaniard Sergio Garcia made a closing birdie to secure a one-shot victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss., on Sunday for his first PGA Tour triumph since the 2017 Masters.

Sanderson Farms Championship title is Garcia's 1st win since 2017 Masters

Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on October 04, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia delivered two key shots on the back nine, the last one an 8-iron to 30 inches on the final hole for birdie and a one-shot victory in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Garcia closed with a 5-under 67 and won for the 10th consecutive year worldwide, and the first time on the PGA Tour since the 2017 Masters.

Peter Malnati, whose lose PGA Tour victory came at this tournament five years ago, closed with a career-best 63 and waited nearly two hours to see if it would hold up.

It almost did.

Garcia was two shots behind when he hit 5-wood on the par-5 14th that narrowly cleared a bunker, hitting in the top collar, onto the fringe and rolling out to just inside 4 feet for eagle to tie for the lead.

WATCH | Sergio's 'shot of the tournament' leads to eagle:

Sergio Garcia hits 'shot of the tournament' at Sanderson Farms Championship

2 years ago
Duration 1:25
Sergio Garcia hit a beautiful approach shot from 260 yards out that led to an easy eagle putt and a share of the tournament lead. 

He had to save par from a bunker with a 5-foot putt on the 15th after a poor tee shot, and then he delivered the winner with a big tee shot on the 18th and an 8-iron from 171 yards. Garcia immediately began walking after the shot, and it dropped down next to the hole and settled right behind it.

Closing his eyes right before the stroke, a habit he returned to this week, he made it and clenched his fist with a grin not seen on the 40-year-old Spaniard lately.

WATCH | Garcia stuffs approach on 18 and birdie putts for the win:

Sergio Garcia wins 1st PGA Tour title since 2017 with clutch approach on 18

2 years ago
Duration 1:38
Sergio Garcia hit a gorgeous approach that left an easy birdie putt to win the Sanderson Farms Championship by one stroke. 

One week after falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time since 2011, Garcia won for the 11th time on the PGA Tour and the 31st time worldwide. He finished at 19-under 269.

J.T. Poston, who started the final round in at three-way tie with Garcia and Cameron Davis of Australia, was one shot behind when he missed the 16th fairway to the right, went into a bunker and failed to save par. He finished with two pars for a 70 to finish alone in third.

Davis had three bogeys on the front nine and was never a factor, closing with a 72.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., was the low Canadian, after shooting a 70 to tie for 17th place. Roger Sloan (71) of Merritt, B.C, tied for 32nd and Michael Gligic (69) tied for 37th.

With files from Reuters and CBC Sports

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