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Garcia books Ryder spot with win
18:45, Aug 20 2012
Sergio Garcia produced a brilliant performance to win the Wyndham Championship and clinch a sixth Ryder Cup cap on Monday - which means Ian Poulter needs a wild card for the second time in three matches.
Garcia won the competition in North Carolina by two shots after the tournament spilled into a Monday finish because of heavy weekend rain. He resumed one in front with 14 holes to play, but stood on the 13th tee sharing the lead with American Chad Campbell and South African Tim Clark.
Then came birdies at four of the next five holes and a closing bogey secured the 32-year-old Spaniard his eighth PGA Tour victory, but first since the 2008 Players Championship.
Poulter had moved into the 10th and last automatic qualifying spot with his joint-third place finish at the USPGA Championship, but looks a certainty for one of captain Jose Maria Olazabal's two picks next Monday.
Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts is favourite for the other wild card, even more so after a joint-seventh place finish at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
Garcia began his final burst with a superb 136-yard approach to within 18 inches of the flag on the 13th, got up and down from sand at the long 15th, hit his tee shot to two feet on the 166-yard next and then fired in another iron to six feet at the 17th.
A four-shot lead came down to one when Clark holed out from just short of the green for birdie on the last and there was still work to be done when Garcia drove into the trees there.
He had to chip out and was still not on the green in three, but got down in two more for an 18 under par total of 262. Clark was second and American Bud Cauley alone in third one further back.
"I am proud of the way I played coming in," Garcia said.
Olazabal now knows nine of his 10 automatic qualifiers - Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Garcia and Peter Hanson. The final spot is between Martin Kaymer - not in the field at Gleneagles - and Colsaerts.
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