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Spaniard Sergio Garcia Takes Players Championship Title
By Kai Sandvig, Business Editor
Posted May 12, 2008



     Spainís Sergio Garcia won his first major at The Players Championship on Sunday by defeating Paul Goydos of the US in a sudden death playoff.           

     Garcia birdied three of the last nine holes before making a clutch par putt on the 18th hole to remain one stroke behind Goydos at 5-under. Goydos led at 6-under until the final hole, a wicked par-4 with an intimidating water hazard to the left, but missed his par putt to secure the win and would drop into a tie with Garcia. 

     The sudden death playoff fell upon TPC Sawgrassís signature 17th hole, a perilous par-3 with a tee box and a green 130 yards away, completely surrounded by water hazard. Goydos would drop his tee shot into the drink while Garcia would place his about three feet away from the pin after a bit of help from the gusting winds that had tested players all day on Sunday. 

     ďItís been a lot of work,Ē Garcia told the Associated Press after his win. ďIt feels like the last three years Iíve been playing well. Unfortunately, I havenít been able to come around and win. This week, I played so nicely. It felt like everything was so hard. Iím just thrilled the week is over and I managed to finish on top.Ē 

     Garcia, 28, is the first European golfer to win The Players Championship since Scotsman Sandy Lyle won the Tournament Players Championship in 1987. Garcia will take home $1.7 million for his victory.  

     Swede Henrik Stenson tied for tenth and Championship Tour participant, the German Bernhard Langer, placed in a tie for fifteenth.

Kai Sandvig can be reached at kaisandvig@europeanweekly.net



 
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