Garcia wins Iskandar Johor Open by three shots, thanks to final-round 61

Sergio Garcia at the Iskandar Johor Open
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Sergio Garcia won the Iskandar Johor Open with a closing 61 that was the lowest final round by a winner in Asian Tour history.
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 1:00 p.m.

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia -- Sergio Garcia won the rain-shortened Iskandar Johor Open on Sunday, closing with an 11-under 61 for a three-stroke victory in the Asian Tour's $2 million season-ending event.

The 32-year-old Spanish star finished at 18-under 198 at Horizon Hills for his second victory of the year and 24th international title. He also won the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship in August.


The Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia is the season-ending event on the 2012 Asian Tour.

Garcia had the lowest final round by a winner in Asian Tour history. He birdied seven of the first nine holes to make the turn in 7-under 29, added birdies on 13 and 14 before a long rain delay, then returned to make it four in a row with birdies on 15 and 16.

American Jonathan Moore also shot a 61 to finish second. Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was third at 14 under after a 65.

Persistent storms throughout the week forced officials to reduce the event to 54 holes, and more poor weather forced yet another long delay on Sunday.

"It has been a long week obviously because of the weather and I couldn't have asked for a better way to end the week," said Garcia, at No. 20 the highest-ranked player in the field. "It has been a great experience as this is my first time in Malaysia and to be able to win is a treat.

"The most important thing about playing under these kinds of conditions is to keep the momentum going, especially with so much disruption," he explained. "It's hard to keep up mentally and I sort of did that yesterday morning where I finished poorly, but today I came back strongly."

Garcia was bogey-free on Sunday at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club, and he sparked hopes of a rare 59 by carding seven birdies before the turn. He kept up the torrid pace for most of the back nine, but could only par his final two holes.

Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant won the Asian Tour Order of Merit money title, finishing with $738,047 in 25 events. He shot a 65 to tie for fifth at 11 under and, at age 45, became the oldest money title winner in Asian Tour history.

John Daly finished with a 65 to tie for 15th at 8 under. South Africa's Ernie Els closed with a 72 to tie for 48th at 3 under.