February 5, 2017 / 4:18 PM / a year ago

Garcia holds off Stenson to win in Dubai

(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic, his 12th European Tour title, after a final round 69 on Sunday kept him three shots clear of Ryder Cup team mate Henrik Stenson.

The Spaniard finished with a bogey-free round to move to 19-under for the tournament, ahead of Sweden’s Open champion Stenson with Britain’s Tyrell Hatton and Denmark’s Lasse Jensen a further two shots adrift in third.

“I‘m very happy to play the way I played, ” Garcia said on the European Tour website after dominating the tournament from the opening day on Thursday when he shot a 65.

“The way I handled some of the key moments and to beat Henrik, we all know how great a player he is.”

It was the 37-year-old Garcia’s first win since the 2014 Qatar Masters and potentially moved him back into the world’s top 10.

Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ian Chadband

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