European Tour

Wood wins Qatar Masters

2013-01-26 15:43
Chris Wood (File)

Doha - Chris Wood stroked in an eagle on the last hole to win his first European Tour title in spectacular style at the $2.5 million Qatar Masters on Saturday.

Amid great tension and drama, the 25-year-old Englishman who needed two birdies over the final four holes held his nerve to beat George Coetzee and Sergio Garcia for a one-shot victory at Doha Golf Club.

Wood finished on 18 under-par 270 edging Garcia and Coetzee who both carded an aggregate of 271 and were hoping to go into a playoff before the decisive eagle upset their plans.

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"Feels good to lift this trophy, I have been waiting impatiently for my first win," said Wood holding the Mother of Pearl trophy.

"I could feel that it was coming my way for the last two years. Now that I have won, more wins would follow as the burden is off my back".

England's Steve Webster and Sweden's Alexander Noren finished in joint third place four shots down on 275.

Wood was a shot down until the 14th hole, after three consecutive nerve-wracking pars, he delivered with a stunning eagle on the par-5 589-yard 18th, reaching within three feet of the hole in two shots.

Victory came the hard way for Wood. On the par-three third, he hit his tee-shot to the right of the green into the desert scrub.

Faced with a stone wall surrounding the green, he hit his chip into the top of the wall and ball bounced back to Wood's right.

And with his third shot further back from the wall, he chipped the ball over the wall past the flag and two putted.

Coetzee, who was five shots off the pace when play began, stroked an eagle on the 10th to take the outright lead before Wood caught up with him with a birdie on the ninth.

Leading final round scores at the $2.5 million Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club on Saturday:

270 - Chris Wood (ENG) 67-70-64-69

271 - George Coetzee (RSA) 69-67-70-65, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-66-70-66

275 - Steve Webster (ENG) 69-71-67-68, Alexander Noren (SWE) 71-67-66-71

276 - Anthony Wall (ENG) 66-71-70-69, Brenden Grace (RSA) 70-68-67-71, Simon Khan (ENG) 67-73-64-72

277 - Andy Sullivan (ENG) 67-71-74-65, Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 69-67-73-68, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-69-70-68, Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 71-69-68-69, Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 68-72-68-69 Jason Dufner (USA) 71-70-67-69, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68-67-72-70

278 - Justin Rose (ENG) 68-71-71-68, Prom Meesawat (THA) 71-71-68-68, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 69-70-70-69, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 70-69-69-70, Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 67-69-71-71, Michael Campbell (NZL) 68-68-68-74

279 - Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 71-72-72-64, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 69-72-71-67, Ricardo Santos (POR) 65-70-76-68, Thomas Aiken (RSA) 71-68-71-69, Damien McGrane (IRL) 68-72-70-69, David Howell (ENG) 69-73-68-69, Brett Rumford (AUS) 67-73-69-70, Peter Hanson (SWE) 68-73-68-70, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 68-71-69-71, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 68-67-71-73, Jbe Kruger (RSA) 70-68-68-73, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 68-68-70-73

280 - Joel Sjoeholm (SWE) 69-72-70-69, Alexandre Kaleka (FRA) 66-71-73-70, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71-69-68-72

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