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Garcia cruises to end year on a Thai note

SERGIO GARCIA carded a final-round 68 to cruise to a four-stroke win at the Thailand Golf Championship yesterday for his first title of the year.

Garcia, 33, combined six birdies with two bogeys during the final round at the Amata Spring Country Club for a four-day total of 22-under-par 266 in the $1million Asian Tour event.

World number three Swede Henrik Stenson also shot a 68 with five birdies and a bogey to finish second but never managed to put Garcia under serious pressure.

"It was great, an amazing week... obviously being the last week of the year and for having Katharina (Boehm) caddie for me," said Garcia, who had his girlfriend caddying for him.

Stenson, the first man to win the US Tour's lucrative FedEx Cup series and the European money list double in 2013, had halved Garcia's overnight lead to two on the turn but the Spaniard put paid to his hopes by sinking three consecutive birdies from the 10th.

"I knew Henrik was going to make it difficult for me. He's been playing so amazingly great, and he did," added Garcia. "He kept hitting good shot after good shot.

"And then when I bogeyed seven, I had to make a good par save on nine after getting a bit unlucky with the approach shot.



"And then I made three very important birdies on the first three on the back nine and gave myself a little bit of a cushion."

Stenson rued some missed opportunities yesterday but was not too unhappy with his overall performance during the week.

"I've had a great year but coming here really on the fumes left in the tank, not too much going for me to perform in that sense," the Swede said.

"But I played really nicely and I was hanging in there and I was just coming up a couple short."

Frenchman Alexander Levy (69) was four shots behind Stenson at third spot while US Open champion Justin Rose (72), last year's winner Charl Schwartzel (67) of South Africa, India's Anirban Lahiri (73) and Japan's Yuki Kono (69) finished tied for the fourth place.