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Iben Tinning claims Open de Espana by three

Denmark 's Iben Tinning fired a final round 70 to claim a three shot victory at the € 275,000 Open de España Femenino Castellón, at Panorámica Golf & Country Club, Spain .

With a 72-hole total of 280, the amiable Dane from Copenhagen finished at fifteen-under-par to collect her third professional victory on the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) and € 41, 250 in prize winnings.

She finished three shots clear of Sweden 's Linda Wessberg, who had a superb final round 68 to finish at twelve-under-par.

Marine Monnet-Melocco from France, who was playing in the final group with Tinning, finished third on eleven-under-par, after firing a final round level par 72.

Lynnette Brooky from New Zealand , who carded a 67, and Germany 's Martina Eberl, who had a 72, shared fourth position on ten-under-par.

Italy's Sophie Sandolo was alone in sixth place on nine-under-par and four players tied for seventh place, including third round leader Fany Schaeffer from France, as well as Nicole Stillig-Gogele from Germany, Asa Gottmo from Sweden and Rebecca Coakley from Ireland.

Tinning's victory moves her up to number one on the LET Money list and third in The 2005 Solheim Cup standings, where there are seven spots for automatic qualification.

"Patience was the key. I learned last year that you really have to be patient with golf before you get anywhere," said Tinning, who spent her 2004 season playing on the LPGA Tour in America .

"You can be playing great and then you get a bad bounce and have a double bogey or something so you can never think that you have won after twelve holes or something because anything can happen in golf.

"I tried something else last year and it didn't work out so I'm very happy about my win, it means a lot to me," said the 31-year-old from Copenhagen , whose last victories were in 2002 at the Ladies Irish Open and then the Ladies Italian Open on the LET.

"I love playing in Europe because I have good friends, good food, and its not too far from home."

On her final round today, which included five birdies at the second, sixth, 11 th , 14 th and 16 th holes, and two bogeys at the 13 th and 17 th holes, Tinning said:

"I was just steady out there today, I was so patient. I had my boyfriend here which helped a lot as well."

Tinning was a member of The European Solheim Cup team in 2002 and 2003 and the 40 Solheim Cup points she receives for her victory could help to see her tee it up for a third time in European colours when the event is played at Crooked Stick in Indiana this September.

"I badly want to beat the Americans on their home soil but The Solheim Cup comes as a reward when you play well so if you don't play well you don't get in. End of story. I've done the biggest Solheim Cup, playing in Sweden and I don't think anything can beat that.

"I don't mind playing in America because we get the food we want and I've got good friends around me. But you can't compare the LPGA to The Solheim Cup, it's another world."

Results below and Money List and Solheim Cup Standings attached.

273  - Iben Tinning (DEN) 70 63 70 70

276  - Linda Wessberg (SWE) 66 72 70 68

277  - Marine Monnet-Melocco (FRA) 70 66 69 72

278  - Lynnette Brooky (NZ) 69 70 72 67, Martina Eberl (GER) 67 69 70 72

279  - Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 67 68 73 71

280  - Rebecca Coakley (IRE) 69 73 69 69, Asa Gottmo (SWE) 69 69 72 70, Nicole Stillig-Gogele (GER) 67 73 69 71, Fany Schaeffer (FRA) 69 67 67 77

281  - Federica Piovano (ITA) 67 71 75 68, Virginie Lagoutte (FRA) 73 69 69 70

282  - Eleanor Pilgrim (WAL) 70 69 77 66, Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 72 71 71 68, Marta Prieto (ESP) 66 74 71 71, Maria Hernandez (Am) (ESP) 73 68 70 71, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 69 67 74 72, Nina Karlsson (SWE) 70 71 69 72, Laura Cabanillas (ESP) 71 68 68 75

283  - Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 74 70 72 67, Ludivine Kreutz (FRA) 73 69 71 70, Tullia Calzavara (ITA) 68 76 69 70, Kirsty S Taylor (ENG) 72 67 73 71, Nienke Nijenhuis (NL) 71 69 72 71, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 70 68 73 72, Stefania Croce (ITA) 71 68 70 74

284  - Trish Johnson (ENG) 73 69 73 69, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 71 73 71 69, Miriam Nagl (GER) 67 69 78 70, Sophie Giquel (FRA) 71 70 73 70, Maria Beautell (ESP) 68 70 74 72, Emma Cabrera (Am) (ESP) 67 73 72 72

285  -  Georgina Simpson (ENG) 71 70 76 68, Alexandra Armas (ESP) 71 72 74 68, Elizabeth McKinnon (NZ) 74 68 74 69, Denise Simon (GER) 72 68 73 72, Julie Forbes (SCO) 70 69 73 73, Carmen Alonso Fuentes (ESP) 66 75 71 73, Tania Elosegui (Am) (ESP) 70 72 69 74

286  - Carina Vagner (DEN) 71 71 74 70, Karen Margrethe Juul (DEN) 70 73 71 72

287  - Ana B Sanchez (ESP) 66 77 72 72

288  - Elisa Serramia (ESP) 70 72 75 71, Vanessa Vignali (ESP) 72 72 72 72, Alison Munt (AUS) 69 72 74 73, Judith Van Hagen (NL) 72 70 72 74, Carlie Butler (AUS) 70 69 73 76

289  - Amanda Moltke-Leth (DEN) 75 69 76 69, Marlene Hedblom (SWE) 71 71 72 75

290  - Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 74 69 78 69, Josefine Skold (SWE) 71 73 76 70, Nathalie David (FRA) 72 70 75 73, Pia Koivuranta (FIN) 72 71 74 73, Susan Parry ( USA ) 70 74 73 73, Emma Zackrisson (SWE) 73 67 75 75

291  - Monica Cosenza (ITA) 73 71 75 72, Hazel Kavanagh (IRE) 69 74 74 74, Jessica Lindbergh (SWE) 72 71 73 75

292  - Sandra Carlborg (SWE) 70 72 76 74, Riikka Hakkarainen (FIN) 70 71 76 75, Kris Lindstrom ( USA ) 70 73 74 75, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 69 75 73 75, Diana Luna (ITA) 72 69 72 79

293  - Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 72 70 78 73

295  - Virginie Auffret (FRA) 72 70 77 76

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