Sergio Garcia mastered the dry, swirling winds to win the Dubai Desert Classic by three shots on Sunday to earn a 12th European Tour title – almost 18 years after his first.
His first victory since the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour last May moves Garcia back inside the top 10 in the world rankings, for the first time in 20 months.
The 37-year-old Spaniard, who has been a prolific winner throughout his career, remains one of the best golfers never to win a Major – despite a handful of near misses.
His price for the Masters has been cut by several firms, but with a record of one top 10 in his last 12 visits to Augusta, the Open Championship might be a better option.
Garcia has also been cut by most layers for Royal Birkdale in July, but he remains a 28/1 chance with Coral. His record in the Open is superb, with his last three results reading T2-T6-T5 – and he has finished in the top 10 at 10 of the last 16 editions.