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Christian Cevaer gains maiden European Tour win

Frenchman Christian Cevaer, languishing 196th on the money list, claimed a shock triumph at the European Open on Sunday.

The 39-year-old ended a five-year wait for his second tour victory with a closing two-over-par 74 which completed a seven-under total of 281.

On another sun-baked day at the London Club in Kent, tricky winds again made life difficult for the players and there were only three sub-70 scores.

Spain’s Alvaro Quiros (72) and Britain’s Steve Webster (71) had chances to join Cevaer on 281 but bogeyed the water-lined 18th, one of the most difficult par-fours on the circuit, to finish joint second with Webster’s countryman Gary Orr (71).

“This is a fantastic day for me. I am ecstatic to come out on top,” 2004 Spanish Open champion Cevaer told reporters.

“What a great surprise it was to see the big leaderboard when I was coming up the hill at the 18th and that I was the only guy left on seven under. I am proud to get the job done,” he added after picking up a cheque for 341,000 euros ($477,200).

It was the biggest payday of Cevaer’s career and clinched a five-year tour exemption.

Victory for Cevaer, who like world number one Tiger Woods went to Stanford University in California, also lifted him to 30th in the money list.

The Frenchman certainly had to show his scrambling skills over the closing holes at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage course.

Cevaer, who had missed six cuts in 11 previous starts this season and had a best result of tied 31st, got up and down to save his par four after missing the green with his approach at the 16th.

He also failed to make the putting surface in regulation at the par-three 17th and par-four 18th but sank a testing four-footer for par at the penultimate hole and safely two-putted from the fringe of the green at the last.

Cevaer, who recorded a rare birdie at the treacherous 18th on Saturday, said he was particularly pleased with the way he played that hole over the last two rounds.

“What can I say about my 18th-hole play yesterday and today, it was fantastic,” said the player who started the week ranked 449th in the world.

“This is what we golfers work for, to be in that situation and to pull off the shots we want when we need to.”

Sharing fifth spot on 283 were Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and Britons Stephen Dodd and Chris Wood, the leading amateur at last year’s Birkdale Open.

World number four Sergio Garcia, the highest-ranked player in the field, equalled the best round of the day as a 68 gave him a total of 286.

Former British Open champion Ben Curtis also produced a closing 68 to finish on 284.


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