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Friday 9 December 2016

Stenson survives 'hairy' final day

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Published 27/06/2016 | 02:30

Sweden's Henrik Stenson putts during the final round of the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Sweden's Henrik Stenson putts during the final round of the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Henrik Stenson won his tenth European Tour title as he held his nerve down the stretch to claim a three-shot victory at the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Germany.

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The Swede had to tackle 36 holes yesterday after rain delays prevented him from taking to the course on day three and he signed for a third-round 67 in the morning to open up a one-shot lead.

When South Africa's Darren Fichardt made a third birdie of the day on the 13th, the lead was shared in the final round. But Stenson had birdied all four of the par fives in the morning and he took advantage of the 13th and 15th again before driving the 17th for another birdie and a 17-under winning total.

The victory is a fifth top-six finish in eight European Tour events this season and could move him up to fifth in the World Ranking just a week after he had to withdraw from the US Open through injury.

"It was hairy all the way, it was a tough one," Stenson said. "I had to dig deep to come back. I didn't play well on the front nine, made a couple of mistakes, got caught out by the wind a few times."

Dane Thorbjorn Olesen was alongside Fichardt at 14-under with Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin three shots further back.

Ireland's Paul Dunne finished in a tie for 13th place, earning €30,000 after weekend rounds of 70 and 71 left him on seven-under for the tournament.

Elsewhere, Alex Gleeson fired in a stunning three-under-par final round of 69 to finish as the best Irish performer in the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at the London Golf Club.

The Castle man hit six birdies to finish tied 10th in the overall standings on three-under - nine strokes behind Jamie Bower who lifted the Brabazon Trophy.

He was closely followed by a large number of his compatriots - with Hermitage's Rowan Lester, who was tied 12th, ending on two-under after a final day score of 73.

Conor O'Rourke (Naas) and The Island's Paul McBride were the only other Irishmen to finish under par as they shared 16th place with a 72-hole total of 287.

Elsewhere, 15-year-old Swede Julia Engstrom became the youngest ever winner of the Ladies' British Amateur Championship by beating Dewi Weber on the first extra-hole in the final of this year's competition.

Irish Independent

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