Golf: Garcia holds off Stenson to win in Dubai

Sergio Garcia of Spain during the final round of the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on Feb 5, 2017.
Sergio Garcia of Spain during the final round of the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on Feb 5, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - Sergio Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic, his 12th European Tour golf title, after a final-round 69 on Sunday kept him three shots clear of Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson.

The Spaniard finished with a bogey-free round to move to 19-under 269 for the tournament, ahead of Sweden's Open champion Stenson with Britain's Tyrell Hatton and Denmark's Lasse Jensen a further two shots adrift in third.

"I'm very happy to play the way I played," Garcia said on the European Tour website after dominating the tournament from the opening day on Thursday when he shot a 65.

"The way I handled some of the key moments and to beat Henrik, we all know how great a player he is."

It was the 37-year-old Garcia's first win since the 2014 Qatar Masters and potentially moved him back into the world's top 10.