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Wood wins Qatar Masters

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Monday, January 28, 2013

DOHA, Jan 26 AFP - Chris Wood stroked in an eagle on the last hole to win his first European Tour title in spectacular style at the 2.5 million dollar Qatar Masters on Saturday.

Amid great tension and drama, the 25-year-old Englishman needed two birdies over the final four holes and held his nerve to beat George Coetzee and Sergio Garcia for a one-shot victory at Doha Golf Club.

Wood, who started the round with a three-stroke lead, returned a 69 to finish on 18-under-par 270, edging Spaniard Garcia (66) and South African Coetzee (65) who were hoping to go into a playoff 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-wracking 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.


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