Garcia starts new year with victory in Singapore

Spain's Sergio Garcia hits a shot on the first hole during the Singapore Open golf tournament at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Garcia shot a final round of 3-under 68 to finish at 14-under 270 and capture his 33rd professional title. (Kyodo News via AP)

Masters champion Sergio Garcia begins his year with 5-shot victory in Singapore Open

SINGAPORE — Masters champion Sergio Garcia began his 20th year as a pro by closing with a 3-under 68 for a five-shot victory at the Singapore Open.

Garcia won for the 28th time in his career, and in his fourth Asian country.

Starting the final round of the rain-delayed event at Sentosa Golf Club, the Spaniard birdied his first hole, picked up two more birdies before the turn and made all pars on the back nine.

He won by five shots over Satoshi Kodaira (71) of Japan and Shaun Norris (70) of South Africa.

Jazz Janewattananond, a 22-year-old Thai, was among four players who earned spots in the British Open. The others went to Danthai Boonma of Thailand, Lucas Herbert of Australia and American Sean Crocker.

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