Garcia matches Ballesteros with PGA win

Sergio Garcia

Garcia is the only player to win the tournament twice since it moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983

Sergio Garcia matched Seve Ballesteros’ Spanish record haul of nine PGA Tour wins with a play-off victory at the ATT Byron Nelson tournament in Texas.

Despite hitting his ball into two water hazards, Garcia posted a two-under-par 68 to match overnight leader Brooks Koepka, who shot 71, on 15 under.

Garcia, who won at the first extra hole with a par after Koepka drove into water, said: “I won a bit a la Seve.”

The win also puts him firmly in contention for the Ryder Cup team.

Europe take on the US in the biennial event in September at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Garcia, a veteran of seven European teams, five of them victorious, said: “This is going to drop me nicely into the Ryder Cup points league, and that means a lot.”

It is his second triumph in this event, after also winning in 2004, and his first PGA Tour victory since 2012.

US Open champion Jordan Spieth, who began the day two off the lead, dropped away with a four-over-par 74 to finish five shots adrift of the leaders.

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