Maybe she is the spark he was seeking.
Playing with girlfriend Katharina Boehm on the bag, Sergio Garcia broke a yearlong winless drought by firing a 4-under 68 on Sunday to clear Henrik Stenson by four shots at the Thailand Golf Championship in Chonburi, Thailand.
Garcia’s last victory came at the Johor Open in Malaysia in December 2012. The triumph Sunday is Garcia’s fourth on the Asian Tour.
“It was great, an amazing week,” Garcia said. “I’m very, very happy, and I can’t wait to go back home to Switzerland and kind of sleep on it a little bit.”
Yet again, Stenson hovered around the top of a leaderboard after winning the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2013.
“I knew Henrik was going to make it difficult for me,” Garcia said. “He’s been playing so amazingly great, and he did. I started well, but he also did. He kept hitting good shot after good shot.”
Stenson says his energy levels were dipping.
“It was a good week, especially (because) I’ve had a great year, but coming here really on the fumes left in the tank – not too much going for me to perform this week, in that sense,” he said. “But … I was hanging in there and I was just coming up a couple short.”
Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose were among four to tie for fourth, while Rickie Fowler had six birdies and four bogeys on Sunday to tie for eighth, 11 shots back of Garcia.