Garcia's Johor title continues Ryder Cup success


The Ryder Cup was back in the news Sunday, and not just from the fallout of 63-year-old Tom Watson being named the U.S. team captain for 2014.

With his three-shot victory at the rain-shortened Johor Open in Malaysia, Sergio Garcia became the eighth European Ryder Cup member to win a worldwide event since Medinah, following Justin Rose (Turkish Airlines), Luke Donald (Dunlop Phoenix), Peter Hanson (BMW Masters), Ian Poulter (HSBC Champions), Rory McIlroy (Dubai), Martin Kaymer (Nedbank) and Graeme McDowell (World Challenge). Interestingly, no American Ryder Cupper has won since.

Garcia captured the Asian Tour’s season-ending event with a Sunday 61, becoming the lowest final-round winner in tour history. He turned in 29, then made four consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-16 to finish at 18-under 198 at Horizon Hills. American Jonathan Moore also closed with 61 to finish second.

It was the Spaniard’s second victory of the season, following his triumph at the Wyndham Championship in August, and the 24th international title of his career.

“It was a long week, obviously, because of the weather,” Garcia told reporters afterward, “and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the week.”