Sergio Garcia won the Castello Masters in Valencia in superb style after finishing up on 27-under par on day four, 11 shots clear of runner-up and compatriot Gonzalo Fdez-Castano on 16-under.
Garcia got off to a good start on Thursday with an opening round score of 67 but that wasn’t enough to take the lead after Englishman Ross McGowan took that honour with an impressive 64.
McGowan laid the marker and Garcia picked it up and ran with it after the first day and carded a 63 on day two, a 64 on day three and then finished his tournament at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo with another hugely impressive 63.
Any illusions the chasing pack had of catching Garcia were shattered on the final day when his excellent form continued to reach 27-under par and the Spaniard dedicated his win the late great Seve Ballesteros.
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and Sweden’s Alexander Noren tied for 3rd behing Fdez-Castano on 15-under while South African’s Thomas Aiken and George Coetzee took 5th and 6th place on 14-under and 12-under respectively.
Michael Hoey was the highest placed of the Irish in his first tournament since his win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Northern Irishman tied for 20th on 8-under after an impressive final two days in Valencia.
Hoey matched Garcia’s opening round score of 67 on Thursday but Friday’s round will be one to forget for the Ulster man as he shot a 74 to leave him 1-under par.
He recovered from that set back however and shot a 69 on Saturday before finishing his tournament with his best score of 66 and finishing one place ahead of Ireland’s Peter Lawrie.
Lawrie came 11th last week in Portugal and ended his day in Spain this weekend with a score of 69 to see him tie for 27th on 7-under par.
His opening round of 2-over par was redeemed by the rest of his play over the weekend when he shot a 69 and a 66 before his last day 69.
Damien McGrane was three shots behind Lawrie on 4-under par to see him tie for 41st place after his first round score of 69 couldn’t be repeated, the Meath man followed up it up with two consecutive 70’s before ending the weekend with a 71.
Gareth Maybin and Shane Lowry had a weekend to forget, both missing the cut after Maybin finished on 3-over and Lowry’s finished on 9-over after his first round score of 78 made it difficult for the Offaly man to recover from.
Last week’s winner in Portugal Tom Lewis was forced to pull out on day one after he picked up a virus and last year’s winner Matteo Manassero finished tied for 35th on 5-under par, one ahead of McGrane.