Dredge finishes Madeira with final-round 71

Updated: March 24, 2003, 12:15 AM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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