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Steve Webster clinches title with closing 64

Steve Webster clinched an emotional second career win when he eclipsed the Portugal Masters field on Sunday with a closing round eight-under-par 64 at the Victoria course.

He finished two strokes ahead of final-round playing partner Robert Karlsson of Sweden, who shot a 65.

Webster's blistering finish, the European Tour's best winning final round of the season by a shot, took him to 263, 25-under-par, also the best aggregate of the season.

Argentine Daniel Vancsik, leader for the second and third rounds, had to settle for third place for the second successive week after again ceding a winning position.

Webster began the final round a stroke adrift of Vancsik and was level with the Argentine at the turn.

As Vancsik faltered, Webster's eagle on the long 12th and three birdies in the next five holes, kept Karlsson at bay and the Briton could afford a bogey on the last.

After being congratulated by his father Terry on the 18th, the 32-year-old, who added to his 2005 Italian Open title, said his victory was an emotion-packed affair.

"I lost my mum in the early part of the season and it really knocked me about," he told reporters. "I didn't think I'd even keep my card because it was tough.

"But I had a great result at Loch Lomond (Scottish Open in July) and that seemed to help me turn the corner, I became more positive.

"It was so hard out there today, especially coming down the stretch, because I was thinking about my mum all the time and it was so hard to keep my mind on the golf. But I knew she was looking down on me."

Webster's mother Valerie died in May from cancer.

While the winner picked up 500,000 euro in the inaugural event, it proved another disappointing finale for Vancsik.

The 30-year-old Argentine, who led a lead slip at the previous week's Madrid Open, found water at both the long 12th and 17th. His 71 threw him into a share of third on 19-under with Briton Lee Westwood and Swedes Peter Hanson and Fredrik Andersson-Hed.

Justin Rose's 21st place was not good enough for him to overtake Irishman Padraig Harrington in second place on Europe's money-list. He is still 657.11 euro behind the British Open winner.

With top man Ernie Els not playing in the season-closing Volvo Masters, the event the week after next could see a straight fight between the two for the order of merit.

"I'm looking forward to going to Valderrama now because I prefer it when courses are tougher," Rose told reporters.

"My goal is to win the Volvo Masters and then I'll win the order of merit, so it's a double-whammy.

 

 




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