Sunday January 27, 2013
Dramatic win for Chris in Qatar
DOHA: Chris Wood stroked in an eagle on the last hole to win his first European Tour title in spectacular style at the US$2.5mil Qatar Masters yesterday.
Amid great tension and drama, the 25-year-old Englishman who needed two birdies over the final four holes held his nerve to beat George Coetzee and Sergio Garcia for a one-shot victory.
Wood finished on 18-under 270 edging Garcia and Coetzee who both carded an aggregate of 271 and were hoping to go into a play-off before the decisive eagle upset their plans.
“Feels good to lift this trophy, I have been waiting impatiently for my first win,” said Wood holding the Mother of Pearl trophy. “I could feel that it was coming my way for the last two years. Now that I have won, more wins would follow as the burden is off my back.”
England’s Steve Webster and Sweden’s Alexander Noren finished in joint third place four shots down on 275.
Wood was a shot down until the 14th hole, after three consecutive nerve-wrecking pars, he delivered with a stunning eagle on the par-5 589-yard 18th, reaching within three feet of the hole in two shots. Victory came the hard way for Wood.
Coetzee, who was five shots off the pace when play began, stroked an eagle on the 10th to take the outright lead before Wood caught up with him with a birdie on the ninth. — AFP