Sergio Garcia masters Valderrama to defend title

Tournament host Sergio Garcia is on course to present himself with the trophy after a third-round 68 earned him the 54-hole lead at Valderrama

With the help of an albatross from 227 yards out, Joost Luiten shot a 1-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over tournament host Sergio Garcia and two others at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Friday.

He won the Andalucia Masters at this venue in 2011.

Brooks grabbed an early share of the lead with a birdie at the second, only for Garcia to edge back ahead with a close-range gain at the par-five fourth.

Luiten capitalised on Garcia's missed birdie attempt at the 14th to convert a 12-foot gain at the next and pull the contest all-square, but three-putted the next for a first bogey of the day.

Luiten carded six birdies in a 66, but a three-putt on the 16th ultimately proved costly for the Dutchman after he had reeled in Garcia to set up a dramatic finale.

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It was the 37-year-old's third win of the year, having also triumphed in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February before going on to claim his Green Jacket, and the 32nd of his glittering career. "All three of us (in the final group) played awesome". It meant more than just a top five in the tournament however, as all three men moved inside the top 101 in the Rankings to secure their playing privileges for next season.

"Daniel played great with everything that he had on the line".

"I want to dedicate this one to my wife Angela and our little baby coming next year in March".

"I felt like maybe I could get away and he [Luiten] just kept coming back and back", the champion told Sky Sports.

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