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Castano shocked to win in Singapore

SPAIN'S Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was amazed at his performance after beating six months of injury problems to end a three-year title drought to win the Singapore Open.

Having been plagued by back woes and contemplating complex surgery, the Spaniard said he had been concerned his career would be cut short by the problem.

But after returning to the tour late in July and claiming two top-10 finishes last month, he completed the comeback with victory at the rain-affected Singapore Open with a birdie four at the second play-off hole over unheralded Filipino Juvic Pagunsan.

“It has been a difficult year for me. The back injury kept me away from the golf course for six months. When I came back, I just wanted to play well again,” the 31-year-old Spaniard said after collecting the trophy and $1m prize.