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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK
Star Garcia stuns Mickelson
Mickelson v Garcia (Europe won 3&2)

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia produced a magnificent fightback to beat Phil Mickelson 3&2 and secure Europe's first singles win.

Garcia, who had never won a singles match in two previous Cups, trailed the American by two after eight holes.

But a magical run of birdies from the ninth saw the Spaniard win three holes in a row to turn the match on its head.

Garcia won the 13th to go two clear and then added the 16th after Mickelson found the water to wrap up victory and preserve his unbeaten record in 2004.

The 24-year-old Garcia, the youngest player in the event, won four matches and halved one during an inspirational campaign at Oakland Hills.

He said: "It's important to have that first point for our team.

"I was trying not to look at the leaderboards because we didn't start very well, but I really felt I have been playing well and I felt I could beat him.

"I got on a great run at nine, 10 and 11, missed a short putt for birdie at 12 and won 13 which was huge."

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