England’s Chris Wood eagled the final hole at Doha Golf Club to beat George Coetzee of South Africa and Spain’s Sergio Garcia by a single shot and win the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Wood began the final round three strokes clear of the pack, but he showed nerves on the front nine as he tried to claim his first European Tour title in his 116th start on the circuit.

The 25-year-old made a double bogey at the par-3 3rd hole before dropping another shot at the 6th. At that stage he found himself two shots adrift. But the man who finished top amateur in the 2008 Open Championship rallied before the turn with birdies at the 8th and 9th holes.

He found another birdie at the 14th but still came to the last a stroke behind Goerge Coetzee and Sergio Garcia who had already completed rounds of 65 and 66 respectively.

Wood hit a monster drive down the home hole before playing a majestic 6-iron to the green. It left him with a 10-foot putt for an eagle three and a maiden European Tour victory. He calmly rolled it home and pumped the air with his fist.

“Winning on the European Tour isn’t easy,” he said. “This is an enormous weight off my shoulders and I feel I can go on and win more.”

The victory should see Wood climb into the World’s top-64, currently in a qualifying position for the Accenture World Match Play in Arizona next month.

It was another great finish for South Africa’s Coetzee. He’s fast becoming the Tour’s “nearly man,” this was his 21st top-10 on Tour.

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar
Jan 23-26, purse €1,850,000 par 72

1   Chris Wood (Eng)      67   70   64   69   270   €310,917
T2   George Coetzee (RSA)   69   67   70   65   271   €162,029
T2   Sergio Garcia (Esp)   69   66   70   66   271   €162,029
T4   Alex Noren (Swe)      71   67   66   71   275   €86,188
T4   Steve Webster (Eng)   69   71   67   68   275   €86,188
T6   Branden Grace (RSA)   70   68   67   71   276   €55,966
T6   Simon Khan (Eng)   67   73   64   72   276   €55,966
T6   Anthony Wall (Eng)   66   71   70   69   276   €55,966
T9   Felipe Aguilar (Chi)   69   67   73   68   277   €33,073

T9   Victor Dubuisson (Fra)   68   72   68   69   277   €33,073
T9   Jason Dufner (USA)   71   70   67   69   277   €33,073
T9   Mikko Ilonen (Fin)   71   69   68   69   277   €33,073

T9   Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)   70   69   70   68   277   €33,073   
T9   Martin Kaymer (Ger)   68   67   72   70   277   €33,073
T9   Andy Sullivan (Eng)   67   71   74   65   277   €33,073

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage