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Dredge finishes Madeira with final-round 71

3/24/2003

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Bradley Dredge of Wales
won his first European tour title Sunday, capturing the Madeira
Island Open by eight strokes.

Dredge, the only top-100 player in the event, closed with a
1-under-par 71 for a total of 16-under 272. The victory margin was
the second highest this season behind Ernie Els' 10-stroke victory
in the Johnnie Walker Classic.

''It feels wonderful,'' Dredge said. ''I have waited a long time
for this so I will savor it for a few weeks.''

Sweden's Fredrik Andersson and England's Brian Davis and Andrew
Marshall shared second at 280.

Dredge positioned himself for the victory by shooting a 60
Saturday to take an eight-stroke lead. It was just the 11th 60 on
the European tour, but it will not count in the record book because
preferred lies were used.

Before winning the Madeira Island Open, Dredge finished
runner-up twice and has nine other top-10 finishes. Last season, he
was 18th in the Order of Merit and almost won the Volvo Masters.