Nilsson cruises to first European Tour title|
Lumbres, France (Sports Network) - Christian Nilsson needed only a two-under
69 on Sunday to cruise to his first European Tour victory at the Saint-Omer
The Swede was the only player in the field to post four rounds in the 60s and
won the title at 13-under 271. Nilsson missed the tournament record by two
strokes, but it hardly mattered. He won the championship by six shots and was
never threatened on Sunday.
Jose-Filipe Lima carded a three-under 68 to finish alone in second at minus-
Javier Colomo (66), Lorenzo Gagli (71), Richard McEvoy (67) and Ake Nilsson
(71) shared a distant third place at three-under 281 at Aa Saint Omer Golf
Nilsson began the final round with a four-stroke cushion, and no one in the
field ever threatened. James Morrison was alone in second place to start
Sunday's last round but bogeyed the third and fourth holes to fall six behind.
Lima recorded birdies at one and four, but it wasn't enough. He bogeyed the
seventh and eighth holes to fall well back, but birdies at nine, 11 and 12 got
him into second place.
But while Lima was surging up the leaderboard, Nilsson finally broke into red
figures. He birdied the ninth and 10th holes, which left him six in front of
At the 15th, Lima made birdie to cut the gap to five with only three to play.
Nilsson wasn't shaken. He continued his steady run of golf and parred out for
"I'm very proud," said Nilsson. "To win by five or six shots, it looks pretty
decent, but it was tough all day, especially when Lima made some birdies at
For Nilsson, this was sweet revenge en route to his maiden win. He took second
to David Dixon last year at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club for his best finish on
tour, prior to Sunday.
"It's been a while, but finally I did it," said Nilsson. "It's been a tough
year so far. I like this place a lot. I love the course. I'm going to come
back here next year."
Lima, the 2004 winner, bogeyed the last, but all that did was hurt the final
margin of victory for Nilsson. He can take some solace in the fact that his
second-place check will probably be enough for him to keep his card next
"I'm very happy," said Lima. "I tried everything today just to put pressure on
the leader. My game was very good, but not enough to catch him. It was not for
me this week."
Morrison struggled to a five-over 76 on Sunday and finished in a tie seventh
place with Sion E. Bebb (73) and Andrew Tampion (70). The group came in at
Stuart Manley (71), Edoardo Molinari (70), Steven O'Hara (69), Inder Van
Weerelt (66) and Kane Webber (68) shared 10th place at one-under-par 183.
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