Garcia wins at rainy Wyndham
GREENSBORO, N.C. Rainy weather left Sergio Garcia stuck in central North Carolina for an extra day. Turns out, it was worth the hassle—because he's leaving with his first PGA Tour victory in four years.
Garcia won by two strokes Monday in the water-logged Wyndham Championship for his first victory on tour since the 2008 Players Championship.
He finished with a 66 to wind up at 18-under 262, claim $936,000 in prize money and maybe seal a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
"I think there were a lot of things going on. It shows a lot to me," Garcia said. "Hopefully, this will secure my spot on the Ryder Cup team, and winning is always nice."
Tim Clark was at 16 under following his 67 in the final tour event before the playoffs, and Bud Cauley finished 15 under after his 68.
Garcia led both after the third round and when the fourth round was held up overnight due to a persistent downpour.
He had three straight late-round birdies after a bogey briefly dropped him into a tie for the lead, and cruised to his eighth career PGA victory.
It was a bit of redemption for the 32-year-old Spaniard, who in his last appearance in Greensboro in 2009 held a share of the lead after three rounds and was up by three strokes midway through the round, but let it slip away. He finished in fourth place.
Yet he didn't necessarily come back thinking Donald Ross' course at Sedgefield Country Club owed him one.
"That year, I was pretty much in control and I lost it myself," Garcia said. "The course didn't do anything wrong to me."
This time, he finished strong to give a huge boost to his
Ryder Cup candidacy. The 10 automatic qualifiers will be set following the Johnny Walker Invitational with Jose Maria Olazabal making two captain's picks.
"We'll see when the team comes out, but I think my chances are a little better now," Garcia said.
Among the FedEx Cup playoff hopefuls, Heath Slocum was the only one to start outside the top 125 but play his way into The Barclays. His final-round 71 left him at 7 under and pushed him to No. 124.
Jason Dufner could have taken over the top spot on the points list with a victory, but he finished five strokes back.