Spaniard Sergio Garcia, the star attraction at next January’s SMBC Singapore Open, added another title to his vast collection at the weekend when he won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.
It was his sixth European Tour win on Spanish soil and was made even more special by the fact that the event is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.
Garcia closed with a round of 67 to move to 12-under and a one-shot win over Dutchman Joost Luiten.
It is Garcia’s third title of the season after he won the Masters and Dubai Desert Classic.
The Spaniard also claimed another victory earlier in the week when he became an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour.
After his win on Sunday he said: “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.”
The win in Spain was his 14th success on the European Tour.
And he became the 53rd player to be added to the exclusive list of Honorary Members for the European Tour and just the third Spaniard to receive the accolade, after Seve Ballesteros (1983) and José María Olazábal (1994).
“This is an incredible honour for me,” said Garcia. “To join Seve and José María on the list of Honorary Members for the European Tour is very special and adds to what has already been a life-changing year for me, on and off the course.
“I have always loved playing on the European Tour and I have had so many unforgettable moments there, while there is no more special privilege than representing Europe in The Ryder Cup. I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as Seve, José María and the other great players on this list and it is a very special moment for me.”