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Garcia says storm win is a 'treat'

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Sergio Garcia, right, won his second tournament of the year in Malaysia © Getty Images
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Sergio Garcia says keeping his mind on the task at hand helped him come through rain delays to win the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.

Garcia, 32, joined a number of Europe's victorious 2012 Ryder Cup team in winning a tournament post-Medinah when he carded a final round 61 to finish ahead of American Jonathan Moore.

Storms washed out Friday's play but Garcia proved his ability to work a sodden course, hitting seven birdies on the front nine to set him up for a round of 11-under despite the delays.

His overall margin of victory was by three shots and he now ranks alongside team-mates Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Peter Hanson, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell in winning a tournament following Europe's amazing comeback in Chicago.

Garcia more than played his part on the final day's drama in September when he beat America's Jim Furyk by one shot.

His latest win required some tweaking to his approach but the Spaniard, who moved up to 16th in the world rankings with his Malaysian triumph, took it all in his stride.

"It has been a great experience and to be able to win is a treat," Garcia told the Sun.

"The most important thing about playing under these kinds of conditions is to keep the momentum going, especially with so much disruption."

World rankings: 1. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 2. Luke Donald (ENG), 3. Tiger Woods (USA), 4. Justin Rose (ENG), 5. Adam Scott (AUS) 6. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), 7. Lee Westwood (ENG), 8. Bubba Watson (USA), 9. Jason Dufner (USA), 10. Brandt Snedeker (USA), 11. Webb Simpson (USA), 12. Ian Poulter (ENG), 13. Keegan Bradley (USA), 14. Charl Schwartzel (ZAF), 15. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 16. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 17. Phil Mickelson (USA), 18. Steve Stricker (USA), 19. Peter Hanson (SWE), 20. Nick Watney (USA).

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