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Yang cruises to victory at China Open



Suzhou, China (Sports Network) - Y.E. Yang closed with a one-under 71 on Sunday to cruise to a two-shot victory at the China Open.

Yang, last year's PGA Championship winner, completed the event at 15-under-par 273 and picked up his third European Tour title.

"It is quite important for me. There were some doubters about my game," Yang admitted. "This win won't abolish all those doubters, but it will alleviate some of the pressure those doubters have put on me. There have been some expectations following that [PGA Championship] win. It feels good. I know I still have to work on my game though."

Rhys Davies fired a five-under 67 Sunday to end in a tie for second at minus-13. He was joined there by Stephen Dodd (69).

Johan Edfors shot a three-under 69 to share fourth place with Jamie Donaldson and Mikko Ilonen, who both managed one-over 73s in the final round.

Oliver Fisher closed with a three-under 69 at Suzhou Jinji Lake Golf Club to end alone in seventh at 11-under-par 277.

Yang played the front nine Sunday much like he played it in the third round. He posted a lone birdie to go with eight pars.

After heading to the back nine at 15-under, Yang parred the first four holes around the turn to stretch his run of pars to 11 consecutive holes.

Donaldson briefly joined Yang in the lead with a birdie on the 12th, but he stumbled to a double-bogey on 13 to fall two back and was unable to recover from there.

Yang two-putted for birdie on the par-five 14th for the fourth straight round to move to 16-under. As he parred the next three holes, Yang's lead moved to three strokes as his closest competitors stumbled late.

A bogey on the 18th hole halted Yang's run of 49 consecutive holes without a bogey. No matter, the late stumble did nothing more than drop his winning margin from three to two.

"Last year following the PGA Championship, I tried to continue the streak, but it didn't come naturally, but this season I have had some good finishes," said Yang, who tied for eighth at the Masters last week. "A top ten in the Masters and now this wonderful win, I am on the right track."

After an early bogey, Donaldson birdie five and six, then grabbed a piece of the lead with a birdie on 12. That lasted one hole as Donaldson three-putted en route to a double-bogey on 13. He fought back with a birdie on 14, but bogeyed the final two holes to end in a tie for fourth.

Davies poured in four birdies in a six-hole stretch from the third. His final birdie came on the 10th and he trailed by two at that point, but only managed to par the final eight holes to share second place.

Dodd, the 2004 champion, traded a birdie for a bogey from the second. He posted three birdies the rest of the way, but never threatened Yang's lead.

NOTES: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin closed with a two-under 70 to end alone in 16th at minus-eight...Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie stumbled to a three-over 75 to finish tied for 45th at minus- one...The European Tour remains in Asia next week for the Ballantine's Championship, where Thonghcai Jaidee won last year.

04/18 08:07:57 ET