Strange takes second Euro title with 68

4/19/2009 - Golf Scott Strange

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.