Strange rallies to win China Open|
Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Scott Strange erased a four-shot deficit
Sunday as he rallied to win the China Open.
Strange closed with a four-under 68 to claim his second European Tour title at
"It's a reward for putting in all those hours on the range and all that time
on the putting green," said Strange. "I lost my game for about six months,
after winning in Wales, to do this now is putting the ship back on course."
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano owned a piece of the lead on the back nine, but fell
one stroke short. He posted an even-par 72 to take second at minus-seven.
Third-round leader Richard Finch stumbled to a two-over 74 to fall into a
share of third place at six-under-par 282. He was joined there by Mark Brown
(69) and Ashley Hall (71).
Strange started his rally with a birdie on the par-four fifth. He came back
with a birdie on No. 8 at Beijing CBD International Golf Club to move to six-
The Australian tripped to a bogey on the 12th for the second straight day. He
atoned for that error with a birdie on the 14th.
Strange made it two in a row as he birdied the 15th to move to seven-under. He
parred the 16th and when Fernandez-Castano bogeyed No. 14, Strange was alone
in the lead at seven-under.
He rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on the 17th, the first time all week he
birdied that hole, then parred the last to hold on for the win.
"The brain is a funny thing. When I won in Wales, all I was doing was hitting
the next shot, I just wanted to play and do my best, where here I had a sense
that if I played well today, I had a chance," admitted Strange, whose sister
passed away weeks after he won in Wales last year. "I've proven to myself that
I can do it again. I always had the belief that I could."
Fernandez-Castano fell down the leaderboard with bogeys on three and four. He
recovered one stroke with a birdie on the fifth.
The Spaniard parred seven in a row from the sixth. Fernandez-Castano got back
to minus-seven with a birdie on the 13th. He gave that shot right back as he
bogeyed the 14th, but closed with a birdie on the par-five 18th to end one
"Finishing second two weeks in a row is a great result, but I was trying to
win the thing when I was out there," said Fernandez-Castano. "Today, I played
the worst of the four days, but I hung in there. Those putts on 16 and 17 were
good, I thought I had one of them."
Stephen Dodd carded a four-under 68 to end tied for sixth at five-under-par
283. He was joined there by David Dixon (71). Markus Brier, Paul McGinley and
Chapchai Nirat shared eighth place at minus-four.
Damien McGrane, the 2008 champion, posted his only sub-par round of the week
with his four-under 68. That helped him end in a tie for 38th at four-over-par
04/19 07:06:28 ET