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Garcia surges to Thai title

Sergio Garcia carded a final round 68 to take victory in the Thailand Golf Championship and secure his first title of 2013.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who fired a second straight seven-under-par 65 on Saturday, turned in a solid final round that featured six birdies and two bogeys to finish on 22-under - four strokes ahead of world No 3 Henrik Stenson.

The victory at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi is Garcia's first in a year with his last win coming at the Johor Open, an Asian Tour event in Malaysia last December.

"It's feels amazing," he said. "Obviously, I've been fortunate to play here three times, counting this one, and I've been getting better every year, but it was a great week from the beginning.

"They have taken such great care of us here and Henrik was pushing, he was pushing hard on that front nine.

Dedication

"I made a couple of pars and he missed a couple of birdie putts. I'm just really happy to come through.

"I want to dedicate this win to my mum who had minor surgery early last week and is now recovering nicely and to my girlfriend who was with me throughout."

Sweden's Stenson, who recently made history when he became the first player to win the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup, matched Garcia's 68 in his final round for a closing total of 18-under.

Frenchman Alexander Levy shot a 69 to finish another four shots back in third place.

Last year's winner, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, with a second straight 67, was joint fourth along with Yuki Kono of Japan, US Open champion Justin Rose, and Anirban Lahiri of India.