Major champions Sergio Garcia and Justin Thomas continue winning habit

Frank Dalleres
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Garcia, 37, has also won this year at the Masters and in Dubai (Source: Getty)

Masters champion Sergio Garcia dedicated victory to his expecting wife Angela after claiming a third title of the season at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

Garcia carded a final round of 67 to finish on 12 under par and beat Dutchman Joost Luiten by one shot, with England’s Daniel Brooks four shots further back in third place.

The Spaniard’s sixth win on home soil, at an event hosted by his foundation, saw him cut Tommy Fleetwood’s lead in the Race To Dubai with just four events left on the European Tour schedule.

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“I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in,” said the 37-year-old.

“The people were unbelievable, amazing. So many people came out and supported, it was really a treat. I want to dedicate this one to my wife Angela and our little baby coming next year in March.”

Brooks and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who was two shots adrift in fifth, both climbed into the top 101 in the rankings, securing their tour cards for next season.

Luiten, who had just one previous top 10 finish this season, fought back from three behind after 11 holes to push Garcia, whose other 2017 wins came in Dubai and Augusta, but could not force a play-off.

US PGA winner Justin Thomas continued his landmark year with success at the CJ Cup in South Korea – his fifth victory of the calendar year.

Thomas, who also scooped the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, beat Marc Leishman at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off after the Australian’s approach found the water.

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