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Bradley Dredge coasts to eight shot win

Britain's Bradley Dredge won the European Masters title by eight strokes on Sunday to end a run of missed victory opportunities.

The Welshman took a two-shot lead into the final round and was never troubled after birdieing the first three holes on his way to a four-under-par 67.

Dredge finished with a 17-under-par 267 four-round total, eight shots ahead of Germany's Marcel Siem and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

"I'm over the moon I have won again," Dredge said fittingly after receiving congratulations from 1972 Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan, an ambassador for tournament sponsors Omega.

"The win has been a bit overdue and is a reward for my patience."

Although Dredge has a World Cup victory on his CV, after taking the title with compatriot Stephen Dodd last year, his individual success was limited to the 2003 Madeira Island Open.

This time Dredge made no mistake, keeping his playing partner Siem, who he led overnight, at bay with his opening burst and then holding off his rivals, including champion and tournament favourite Sergio Garcia.

The Spaniard, playing his last event before appearing in the Ryder Cup, lost his way after picking up a shot at the first but at least finished tied fourth following a late rally, nine strokes behind Dredge, after a closing 71.

"It was definitely not my day today but it has been a good defence," Garcia told reporters.

"I'll now relax for a couple of days then start practising, just work hard on my game and see if we can have another good Ryder Cup. I want to help my team as much as possible."

Briton Marc Warren, the recent Scandinavian Masters winner, continued his bid for Europe's rookie of the year award with a 67 that took him to a share of fourth place.



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