The home hero won the last staging of this event here in 2011 as he became the first Spaniard to win a European Tour stroke play tournament over the famous layout.

He has only finished outside the top ten once in 13 events here, with eight top-5s, and a closing round of 67 moved him to 12 under and a one-shot win over Dutchman Joost Luiten.

The win is Garcia's third of the season after he won his maiden Major Championship at the Masters Tournament to go with the Dubai Desert Classic, and closes the gap on Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai ranking.

England's Daniel Brooks was then at seven under, two shots clear of Welshman Jamie Donaldson and three ahead of South Australia's Wade Ormsby as all three men moved inside the top 101 in the ranking to secure their playing privileges for next season.

For Luiten it was just a second top ten of the season but he has been a picture of consistency this term, making 18 of 22 cuts.

The headlines belong to Garcia, though, who became an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour on Friday night and is now a 14-time winner.

"It was amazing," said Garcia, who had his foundation hosting the tournament. "All three of us played amazing.

"Daniel played great with everything that he had on the line. Joost played unbelievable. I played really well and I felt like maybe I could get away and he just kept coming back and back and made it an amazing match.


"I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in.

"The people were unbelievable, amazing, so many people came out and supported, it was really a treat.

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

Garcia holed a slippery one down the hill on the par-5 4th hole to get to nine under but when Luiten hit a stunning approach to tap-in range on the 5th and put his tee-shot on the par-3 6th to six feet and made the putt, he was just one off the lead.

It was advantage Luiten on the 9th hole when he put his approach close but Garcia holed with a 5-wood from the fringe of the green with Luiten following him in as both men made birdies.

A 15-footer on the 10th made it a two-shot lead and Garcia took advantage of the par-5 11th to go three ahead.

He bogeyed the par-3 12th after finding sand off the tee while Luiten got up-and-down from the same position and, with the 31-year-old Dutchman holing a long putt for birdie after an excellent second from the rough on the next, the lead was down to one.

Luiten put an impressive tee-shot into the par-3 15th to join the lead but a three-putt on the 16th meant Garcia had a one-shot lead with two to play with both men birdieing the 17th and parring the last.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson needed at least a top-eight finish to have a chance to avoid going to Qualifying School or using his Career Money List exemption next season but a closing 71 saw him finish fourth and move from 118th to 99th.

He had two birdies and two bogeys with a double-bogey from Scott Jamieson on the 16th dropping the Scotsman out of a tie for fourth and helping Donaldson over the line.

Ormsby began the week 106th in the Race to Dubai but was well placed on the Access List and a closing 70 helped him up to a comfortable 82nd.