Strange takes second Euro title with 68

Updated: April 19, 2009, 10:19 AM ET
Reuters

BEIJING -- Scott Strange shot a final round 4-under-par 68 to win the China Open by a single stroke on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Australian overcame the damp conditions at the CBD International Golf Club to finish 8 under for the tournament, claiming his second European Tour title ahead of Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who shot 72.

"This one is pretty good ... just as good as Wales," said Strange, the winner of the 2008 Celtic Manor Wales Open.

"I feel great to win this. This win is just special because it proves that I could win again," he told reporters.

Overnight leader Richard Finch of Britain, who carded three bogeys in a 74 final round, shared third place with Ashley Hall of Australia and Mark Brown of New Zealand, all two strokes off the pace.

Strange wins a place in the 16-man field for the World Match Play Championship in Spain later this year.

"It [the extra reward] is a fantastic little thing to put in your pocket and go with," he said. "I'm pretty sure my family and my sister would be proud of me."

Starting the day tied at 4-under, Strange picked up shots at the fifth and eighth holes before he bogeyed the 12th. But he quickly made his way back with consecutive birdies at the 14th and 15th holes.

The Australian secured his victory with one more birdie after a successful approach to the green and then a solid 15-foot putt from the left side on the par-4 17th.

"I played the golf course the best I could," he said.

Fernandez-Castano, 28, mixed three birdies and three bogeys in the final round to card a total 7 under, finishing runner-up in this event for the second time since 2006.

Two Britons, Stephen Dodd and David Dixon, tied for sixth with both at 5-under.

Colin Montgomerie, who will lead Europe against the United States in next year's Ryder Cup, carded a double bogey at the 16th in his round of 73.

Strange, the 15th China Open champion, was also the first winner on the fledgling OneAsia Tour, which co-sanctioned the event with the European Tour and the China Golf Association.

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