Lowry fourth at Valderrama as Garcia takes the win

Sergio Garcia made it two wins in a row today – but it was far tougher than the first of them.

Sergio Garcia made it two wins in a row today – but it was far tougher than the first of them.

An 11-stroke winner of his home Castello Masters last weekend, this time Garcia edged out fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez by one in the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.

The 31-year-old led by three with three to play, but Jimenez birdied the 16th and 17th and Garcia had to get up and down from just off the final green.

He chipped to three feet and holed it for a level-par 71 and six-under aggregate of 278.

The two victories have taken Garcia back into the world’s top 20 and top of the Ryder Cup points race – and this one earned him the last place in this week’s world championship event in Shanghai.

Jimenez, runner-up to Tiger Woods at the venue in 1999, had taken over the lead going into the back nine, but bogeys at the 13th and 15th cost him dear.

The short 15th was also the hole Scotland’s Richie Ramsay was left ruing. He had moved level with Garcia, but blocked his tee shot and the ball was not found until just after the five minutes allowed for the search were up.

It cost the former US Amateur champion a double bogey five and he had to be content with third place for the second week running.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry was fourth after a joint best-of-the-day 67 and England’s Steve Webster fifth following a 69 spoilt by two closing bogeys.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell had two days to forget. He finished last of those who survived the cut on 25 over after rounds of 81 and 82.

England’s Richard Finch had nothing to smile about either after taking an 11 on the 17th as he finished 13 over.

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