Niclas Fasth wins by three
Sweden's Niclas Fasth claimed his second European Tour title of the year and his second in Spain when he won the Mallorca Classic on Sunday by three strokes from Sergio Garcia.
A closing two-under-par 68 by Fasth, to total 275, five-under, gave favourite Garcia the runner-up spot at Pula for a second successive year.
Fasth's fifth career win was more comfortable than his fourth, in which he was taken to a playoff in April's Spanish Open by Britain's John Bickerton after bogeying the 71st and 72nd holes at San Roque.
First he eased past his overnight co-leader Gary Murphy of Ireland and then he held Garcia at bay with a composed run after the turn, in which he picked up two shots without dropping one.
Once Fasth had birdied the 14th to move three clear on the demanding Pula layout, where Garcia had missed a six-foot birdie putt that could have put pressure on the Swede, there was little doubt where the $365,000-dollar first prize was heading.
"I've had a rather quiet summer since winning the Spanish Open but I've felt things were coming together recently," Fasth said.
"When I went three ahead at the 14th it threw me a little bit. It's never easy to lead but this time I was able to enjoy the last hole.
Garcia ensured second place on his own by getting up and down for par on the last, having first had to wait while a protester with a banner, who ran on to the 18th green, was bundled off by security men.
The Spaniard said: "I don't know what he was protesting about and I don't want to know. It was important to get that last putt, though. I had so many birdie chances and the 68 was the highest I could have shot."
Britain's Marc Warren rubber-stamped his claim to the rookie of the year award by finishing in a tie for third with Jose Manuel Lara of Spain, who had shared second place last year.
Australian Peter O'Malley, only a shot off the lead overnight, took fifth place on level par, at least ensuring he made next week's Volvo Masters field.
Murphy, who had shared the lead in the first three rounds, finished disappointingly with four bogeys to slide three over with a 76 to 13th place, but easily accomplished his original mission of keeping his tour card.