Second Title for Garcia in 5 Weeks

Just five weeks ago, 24 year old Spaniard Sergio Garcia gave us notice of his return to form when he won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. This weekend he confirmed it by taking his fifth PGA Tour title in the Buick Classic at Westchester. In 2002, before he decided to make changes to his swing, he was the only player to finish in the top ten in all four majors. Having already taken a share of fourth place at the 2004 Masters, who knows what we can expect in the rest of the majors this year.


Winner, Sergio Garcia.
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On Sunday, Garcia started in 8th place, four shots off the lead and promptly dropped two more shots with bogeys on the 2nd and 3rd holes. A run of four birdies from the 7th to 10th holes put him into contention. A bogey and three more birdies on the back nine including one on the final hole gave him a round of 67 and put him in the clubhouse with the lead on minus 12.
It wasn't long before he was joined by Irishman Padraig Harrington and Rory Sabatinni of South Africa who both also birdied the 18th to match his total of 272.
So it was back to the 18th tee for an international 3-way sudden death playoff. When Harrington missed a 7 foot birdie putt and they all made par, play continued on the 17th. This time only two of them made par. Harrington made bogey after misjudging his chip onto the green. He failed to sink his long par putt and was eliminated.


Rory Sabbatini.
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Padraig Harrington.
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Back to the 18th again. Garcia's approach finished on the top level about 7 feet from the flag. Sabbatini's pitch was perfectly on line with the pin but didn't quite make it to brow and rolled back to about 20 feet. His birdie attempt missed on the right but Garcia sank his 7-footer to take the title.
Tied for fourth place, two shots back on 274 where Fred Couples (68), Vijay Singh (70) and Tom Byrum (71). This was Singh's ninth top ten of the season and the first time for over a year that Couples has put together back-to-back top ten finishes.

Ernie Els (70) and Phil Mickelson (73) finished tied for 16th place, five shots further back on 279.


 Vijay Singh.
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