Jacquelin wins Sicilian Open in Monday finish|
Sicily, Italy (Sports Network) - Raphael Jacquelin finished off his third
European Tour victory Monday morning when he held off Anthony Wall at the
After a 2 1/2 hour weather delay on Sunday forced the Monday finish, Jacquelin
polished off his three-under 68 for a total of 12-under 272. He won by a
single stroke over Wall, who also closed with a 68.
"I actually felt a little bit tired this morning and my ball-striking wasn't
as good as it has been but I suppose with a 5 a.m. wake-up call then I was
expecting that," said Jacquelin.
When play resumed on Monday, Jacquelin held a one-shot lead with six holes to
play. Wall immediately knotted things with a birdie at 13, but Jacquelin
reclaimed first with a birdie at No. 14.
Wall tied Jacquelin again after a birdie at the par-five 16th, but trouble
loomed. Wall found water at the 17th hole and walked off with a double-bogey
to fall two off the lead.
Wall trimmed the final margin with a birdie at the last, but Jacquelin earned
his first European Tour title since the 2007 Asian Open.
"It feels great - as you would expect it to feel," said Jacquelin, who
returned to the top 100 in the world rankings with Monday's victory. "But it
was not easy. Anthony made a couple of birdies and put the pressure on me
right from the start."
Joel Sjoholm and Jose Manuel Lara both had rounds of two-under 69 and shared
third place at minus-seven.
Nicolas Colsaerts (68), Lorenzo Gagli (69), Carlos Del Moral (70), Scott
Jamieson (70), Oscar Floren (71), Simon Dyson (71), Peter Whiteford (71) and
Jamie Elson (72) tied for fifth place at five-under 279.
NOTES: Jacquelin pocketed 166,660 euros for the win...This was the first year
of the championship...Next week is the Open de Andalucia, which was won last
year by Louis Oosthuizen just a few months before he triumphed at the British
Open Championship at St. Andrews.
03/21 06:07:19 ET