Golf: Garcia's red flag is lone pennant

SERGIO GARCIA provided the European Ryder Cup team with its only success in the NEC Invitational World Championship. The Spaniard was the only member of the team to finish in red figures as the American team dominated the leaderboard.

The 19-year-old struggled to a final round two-over-par 72, but still hung on for a share of seventh place thanks to a two-under, 278 total for the tournament. That left him eight shots adrift of the world No 1, Tiger Woods, who clung on to add another $1m (pounds 600,000) to his bank balance by one shot from Phil Mickelson.

Woods holed a 15-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, after which he went down on his haunches and pumped his fist in delight. It clinched his sixth title of the year, allowing him the luxury of a bogey at the last.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington was the next best European behind Garcia at even par, but for no one was the torment worse than for Jose Maria Olazabal.

He is one of Europe's bankers to play all five rounds in his sixth Ryder Cup next month and nurse along the rookies. But Olazabal admits he no longer knows which side of the rough or which hazard he is going to drive into next.

He followed up roller-coaster rounds of even par 70, 80, and 69 with a three over par final round of 73, which began with three straight sixes to take him five over in just three holes. While he pitched in for an eagle on the way home it was a significant slide for the man who won the second of his two US Masters titles last April.

The basement of this tournament was full of Europe's Ryder Cup stars - Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke shooting a five over par final round 75 to finish nine over for the tournament while his friend Lee Westwood shot a 72 to end just one shot better. "What does this week mean?" Westwood asked and answered: "It means the European team is far inferior to the US team - we are massive underdogs and the USA are huge favourites."

Colin Montgomerie, complaining of being exhausted after winning twice in Europe in the past three weeks, came in with a 76, while the Ryder Cup wild card, Andrew Coltart, hit an eight at the par-five second, setting the tone for a seven-over par 77.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Austen Lloyd: Clinical Negligence Solicitor

Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...

Ashdown Group: IT Systems Analyst / Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

£23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

Ashdown Group: Junior Reports Developer / Application Support Engineer

£23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

Recruitment Genius: Client Support Officer

£10 - £11 per hour: Recruitment Genius: The candidate must be committed, engag...

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible