Sergio celebrates winning the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Qatar - A flawless final round 65 put Sergio Garcia into a sudden death playoff against
Finland's Mikko Illonen, but not before he missed a birdie putt from 8 feet on the 72nd hole
which would have given the Spaniard the outright win in regulation (Garcia & Illonen both
finished at -16). Illonen birdied the 16th and 18th holes to shoot 66 in the final round.
On the third playoff hole, Garcia reached the par 5 in two and two putted for birdie . . .
meanwhile Illonen could not get up and down from the greenside bunker, giving Sergio
Garcia his 11th European Tour title.
In his eight appearances at Qatar, Garcia has never finished outside of the top 25.
"I have always said it's a golf course that I enjoy and I am very pleased to finally be
able to get my hands on the trophy. We've been coming here for eight years and have
been quite close to winning before."
The victory moves Garcia inside the top ten in the World Rankings.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello was T3 with Thorbjorn Olesen at -15.
Scott Stalling hoists the trophy at Torrey Pines
La Jolla, California - It appeared a U.S Open broke out at Torrey Pines this week, with gnarly thick
rough and rock hard greens keeping the scores down (and eliminating Tiger and Phil from finishing
play), it came down to someone needing to step up to win the Farmers Insurance Open. With a
crowded leaderboard and no one taking charge down the stretch, enter Scott Stallings.
Stallings not known for good starts early in the season, made a big move in the off-season, he
and his wife Jennifer moved to Scottsdale for the winter in an effort to change his early season
form. It didn't take long for him to reap the rewards. On the 18th hole Sunday, Stallings faced 222
yds over the water that fronts the finisher at Torrey Pines South . . . Stallings recalled being challenged
by his looper, "My caddie said, lets see what you've got", Stallings striped 4 iron just reached the front
of the green, where he two putted for his birdie to break the log jam at 8 under par and win for the third
time on the PGA Tour. Stallings final round 68 (he finished at -9 total) was among the lowest scores of
the day (only K.J Choi's 66 and Charley Hoffman's 67 were lower).
At last years Humana in the final round, Stallings faced a similar situation on the 72nd hole with a chance
to win, and dumped his approach into the water. This time he executed and was relieved “You don't get
very many opportunities to win golf tournaments on this TOUR,” said Stallings. “As a player, all you ever
want is chances. Humana was unfortunate last year hitting it in the water on the 18th hole and missing
out on an opportunity to win, but I was playing to win.”
This time he got the job done. With the win Scott Stallings moves up to 10th in the Fedex Cup standings.