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Garcia Wins South Africa Golf

December 2, 2001

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) _ Sergio Garcia surged to victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday, shooting a 9-under-par 63 to force a playoff with Ernie Els before winning on the first extra hole.

Garcia won a first prize of $2 million in the $4.06 million tournament, the richest in golf.

Els, a South African who has twice won this event, closed with a 69, joining the Spaniard at 20-under 268 for regulation. Garcia was in fifth place entering the final round. He trailed Els, the third-round leader, by six shots.

Bernhard Langer of Germany was third in the 12-man event, finishing with a 69 for a 271 total. Mike Weir of Canada (68) was next at 272, followed by Lee Westwood of England (71) at 275.

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