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Golf Australia Express : Issue 15
IN THE end, the Castelló Masters was purely a numbers game for Sergio Garcia. An 11-shot victory. Twenty- seven under par, the second- highest winning score ever on the European Tour. Two rounds of 63. The biggest winning margin ever at a European Tour event, beating the previous mark by three strokes. Most importantly, his rst title for three years. Already ahead by eight shots heading into the nal round, it wasn't a matter of if the Spaniard would walk away a winner at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, but by how many strokes. Set up by a pair of 8-under 63s on Friday and Sunday, his nearest challenger was compatriot Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who would've been happy with his nal score of 16-under, but for the fact it was 11 shots adrift of Garcia. Garcia's winning margin was so impressive that there have been only two bigger in the history of golf---Tiger Woods' 15-stroke win at the 2000 US Open and Ernie Els getting it done by 13 at the 2005 Asian Open. Forgive us for gushing, but his nal score was even more impressive given it was e ectively made over just 61 holes. Starting on the back nine in his rst round, Garcia was 1-over through 10 holes, birdieing the par-3 second to drag himself back to even. But from then on he averaged a birdie on almost every second hole and never looked like being caught. Sadly his score won't enter the record books because players were allowed to place their balls on the fairways all week, but that mattered little to Garcia, who dedicated the win to the late Seve Ballesteros. "That was for Seve," Garcia said, before revealing a four- week layo had turned his form around. "They were mother's milk for me---obviously they worked. "It's hard to say that you expect to re like I did, but I was feeling good and I've been improving all year." Having fallen from world No.2 in 2008 to outside the top 75, Garcia is now again ranked inside the top 50 and sits 11th in the lucrative Race to Dubai. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 SERGIO GARCIA SPN 27 € 333,330 2 G. FEDZ CASTANO SPN 16 € 222,220 T3 ALEXANDER NOREN SWE 15 € 112,600 T3 RITCHIE RAMSAY SCO 15 € 112,600 5 THOMAS AIKEN RSA 14 € 84,800 6 GEORGE COETZEE RSA 12 € 70,000 7 MARCEL SIEM GER 11 € 60,000 T8 MARCUS FRASER AUS 10 € 44,933 T8 ROSS MCGOWAN ENG 10 € 44,933 T8 ROMAIN WATTEL FRA 10 € 44,933 WRAP THE A REAL POWER SERGIO