Sergio Garcia capped a tumultuous year by beating two of the top-5 players in the world.
That’s one way to impress a girlfriend, and lady friend Katharina Boehm had a front-row seat to Garcia’s first victory since the 2012 Johor Open – she caddied for him this week.
Garcia shot 22-under 266 – with no round worse than 68 – to win the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship by four strokes over Henrik Stenson. Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose were among the group nine shots behind.
And so ends an eventful 2013 for Garcia, whose lowlight stemmed from the Players Championship, where he initiated a public spat with Tiger Woods. Woods got the last laugh, of course, as he won the tournament and Garcia finished quadruple bogey-double on the last two holes to squander his chance at victory.
A few weeks later, Garcia made a racially insensitive remark at an awards dinner that prompted several apologies and jeopardized his corporate relationships. In the end, the 33-year-old suffered the most by taking a sizable hit to his image and being a virtual non-factor for the rest of the season, recording just a pair of top 10s in his next 10 starts.
Garcia, however, had seemed to turn a corner in the past few months – perhaps, not coincidentally, because of his budding relationship – and now has finished T-11 or better in all of his last five worldwide starts.