Qatar Masters: Chris Wood makes eagle at last to claim one-shot victory
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: 27/01/13 8:22am
Chris Wood: Spectacular eagle at the last to clinch first European Tour victory
Chris Wood made an eagle at the last to claim his first European Tour victory in stunning style at the Qatar Masters.
The 25-year-old, who becomes the first English winner of the event, started the day three shots clear, but quickly saw his lead evaporate with an early double-bogey.
He fought back well from that setback, but had it all to do as he stood on the 18th tee as he trailed clubhouse leaders George Coetzee and Sergio Garcia by one shot.
However, after a superb drive at the par-five closing hole, Wood put a sublime six-iron to around ten feet before rolling home the eagle putt to seal victory in sensational fashion.
Bidding to secure his first success on the European circuit, the Bristolian made a shaky start as he wasted a good birdie chance at the second before dropping two shots at the par-three third following a poor tee-shot.
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-18 C Wood
-17 G Coetzee (SA)
-17 S Garcia (Spa)
-13 A Noren (Swe)
-13 S Webster
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That saw him caught by the chasing pack with Steve Webster joining him at 13-under after picking up four strokes between the fourth and ninth holes.
Coetzee joined the party with birdies at eight and nine and the South African, who was also bidding for a maiden Tour win, then put himself in pole position as he moved two clear with an impressive eagle at the tenth.
But Wood steadied the ship with birdies of his own at eight and nine as the tournament built to a thrilling climax.
Coetzee capped a fantastic round of 65 with further birdies at 16 and 18, his four at the last setting a target of 17-under-par that looked to be good enough for a play-off at least.
Garcia (66) played the back nine in just 31 shots and produced a rousing finish of his own, following a birdie at 17 with another at 18 to tie Coetzee.
Having missed a decent birdie chance at 17, Wood knew he needed a four down the last to force extra holes, but the Englishman had other ideas and eclipsed his rivals with a memorable three to finish on 18-under-par.
Webster and Sweden's Alex Noren had to settle for a share of fourth on 13-under, while English duo Anthony Wall and Simon Khan ended in joint-sixth with South Africa's Branden Grace a shot further back.