Sergio Garcia cruises at Castello Masters

CASTELLON, Spain — Sergio Garcia won his first title in almost three years Sunday, dominating for the third day in a row at the Castello Masters to earn an 11-stroke victory that matched the third largest margin of victory in European Tour history.


Garcia, 31, shot 8-under-par 63 in the final round to finish at 27-under 257 and break an almost three-year title drought.

Garcia had shot his best ever back-to-back rounds of 63 and 64 to lead the field since Friday, and he did not let up on the final day, hitting nine birdies while bogeying for just the fourth time in the event.

“That was for Seve,” Garcia said, in reference to golfing great Seve Balle­steros, who died of brain cancer in May.

LPGA TOUR: In Yang Mei, Taiwan, Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship for her 10th worldwide victory of the year.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese star closed with 6-under 66 at Sunrise for a five-stroke victory over Azahara Munoz and Amy Yang.

“I play really, really good today. I was bogey free,” Tseng said. “I wish this year would go on forever so I could win more. But I can always get better.”

Tseng finished at 16 under and earned $300,000 for her seventh LPGA Tour win of the year to increase her tour-leading total to $2,873,629.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Gavin Coles won the Jacksonville Open to wrap up a 2012 PGA Tour card, shooting 1-over 71 in windy conditions for a one-stroke win over Jason Blixt.

Aiken’s Matt Hendrix shot 73 and finished tied for 32nd at 285. North Augusta’s Scott Brown (77) was 59th at 294.

Brown is 21st on the money list heading into the year’s final event. The top 25 finishers earn cards for the PGA Tour in 2012.


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