Chris Wood eagled the 18th hole to win the Qatar Masters in Doha for his first European Tour victory Saturday, overtaking Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee, who both finished a shot back.
The 142d-ranked Englishman knocked a 6-iron from 200 yards to within 12 feet of the hole on 18. Wood calmly sank the putt to finish the final round at 3-under 69 for an overall 18-under 270. Garcia (66) and Coetzee (65) had looked set for at least a two-man playoff after both birdied the last hole.
‘‘Winning on the European Tour is not easy,’’ said Wood, who earned a victory in his 115th tour event. ‘‘It was a nice way to finish. It feels good to pick up the trophy. I’ve been waiting patiently for my turn and fortunately it came today,’’
Wood came into the final day with a three-shot lead over former US Open champion Michael Campbell (74), Simon Khan (72), and Alexander Noren (71) after the third round.
But Wood almost threw the victory away early, after he missed a birdie putt on No. 2 and then double-bogeyed the par-3 third.
“There’s an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders today,” he said. “I feel like I can go on and win more.
The 48th-ranked Coetzee, also looking for his first tour win, had three birdies on the final four holes on the front nine and then eagled the 10th to take a two-shot lead. Garcia got into the hunt with his much-improved short game, with six birdies on his final 11 holes.
Wood recovered with some clutch putting down the stretch. The win moves Wood into the top 60.
PGA — Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue an eighth win at Torrey Pines.
Three players completed one hole Saturday before fog wiped out virtually the entire day at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Players are to resume the round Sunday morning and play as long as daylight allows, and then finish Monday.
Woods, who has a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel, never came to the course.
Players spent most of the day hitting shots on the range that they couldn’t see land. The only golf that was played was after a three-hour delay in the morning.
It will be the second of four tour events this year that went an extra day. The Tournament of Champions was reduced to 54 holes and completed on a Tuesday.
When the second round ended Friday in a steady rain, the odds looked to be stacked in Woods’s favor.
He had a 7-under 65 on the North Course for his first outright 36-hole lead on the tour in more than three years. He is a seven-time winner at Torrey Pines, six of those in this tournament; he won the US Open here in 2009. And his 74 career wins on tour were 74 more than the next seven guys behind him.
‘‘We've got a long way to go,’’ Woods said after finishing his two rounds at 11-under 133.