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Richard Green wins in playoff

Australian Richard Green beat France's Jean-Francois Remesy in a sudden death playoff to win the Austrian Open title on Sunday.

Green, who ended a 10-year wait for his second European Tour title, bogeyed the last to give Remesy hope but then clinched the title by birdieing the first playoff hole.

Green had not won a title since he overcame major champions Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam in the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic.

Since then he has often shown frailty when trying to close down his second title and he proved fragile once again.

A three-putt on the last for a round of 70 and a total of 16-under allowed Remesy into a sudden-death playoff following a suspension of over two hours because of lightning.

The Frenchman, without a win for two years, stormed through the field with six birdies in eight holes to post a 64, the joint-best of the day, to eventually match Green.

The edgy Australian had set himself back early in the day when he double-bogeyed the third after going into the final round three shots ahead of the field.

At the first playoff hole, the 18th, Remesy immediately cost himself the title by finding the beach with his drive and a now composed Green calmly made the birdie that ended his wait.

Third place was shared by Miguel Angel Jimenez, looking for his 14th title also after a two-year gap since his last.

The Spaniard who failed to qualify for the U.S. Open, a tournament in which he finished second behind Tiger Woods in 2000, gave himself a lift with an eagle-two at the fifth.

Jimenez holed out from 145 yards with a nine-iron just after Green's double-bogey at the third, triggering a four-shot swing which put him on top of the leaderboard.

However, the former Ryder Cup player's chances ended when he failed to birdie the 15th.

Another left-hander, Britain's Chris Gane, tied for third with Jimenez by holing a 30 foot eagle putt on the last.

Gane once grabbed the headlines by running up a 17 on the last hole at the 2003 Gleneagles Championship in Scotland.

 

 




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