Kruger collects first win at Avantha Masters|
New Delhi, India (Sports Network) - Jbe' Kruger closed with a three-under 69
on Sunday to win the Avantha Masters by two strokes.
Kruger, who won for the first time on the European Tour, ended the event at
"I'm very relieved to win for the first time. If you want to win, you need to
make putts on the final day and I did that today," Kruger stated.
Jorge Campillo matched the low round of the day with his five-under 67. The
Spaniard was joined in second place at minus-12 by Marcel Siem (70).
Marcus Fraser and Jose Manuel Lara both shot two-under 70 in the final round
and they shared fourth at 11-under-par 277 at DLF Golf and Country Club.
As he had done the previous three rounds, Kruger parred the first three holes.
He grabbed a share of the lead with his third birdie in three days on the par-
Kruger, 25, took the lead with a birdie on No. 6. He also birdied the eighth
from 20 feet out to regain a one-stroke lead over Lara.
After a pair of pars around the turn, Kruger converted a birdie effort on the
par-three 11th to move to 15-under. He was three clear of Lara, who dropped a
shot on the 13th.
Kruger kept his three-stroke cushion with five straight pars from the 12th.
After going 36 holes without a bogey, Kruger dropped a shot at 17. He parred
the last to close out his two-shot win.
"It's a big relief now that I've won, but I think I needed all those second-
place finishes to be able to appreciate it," said Kruger.
"There was no pressure, even when I made my only bogey of the day on the 17th.
I felt that victory was inevitable when I got to the 14th hole. I knew that I
had a good chance as I had a comfortable three-shot cushion then."
Campillo had a birdie on the third, then ran off three straight birdies from
the sixth. He moved to 12-under with a birdie at 10, but gave that shot back
when he bogeyed the 14th. Campillo birdied the 18th for the fourth time this
week to end at 12-under.
"I started really well and the whole time was up there on the leaderboard. So
it was great fun and very exciting," Campillo said. "I just tried to play my
best. I played okay on the back nine, not great, but I didn't make many
mistakes and I chipped in on the last for birdie so it was nice to finish
Siem had a birdie and a double-bogey through five holes. He jumped within two
of the lead thanks to three birdies in a four-hole span from the sixth. Siem
twice traded a bogey for a birdie on the back nine to finish two back.
Peter Whiteford, who had at least a piece of the lead after the first two
rounds, was disqualified on Sunday. On Saturday, he was playing his approach
to the 18th hole.
He wasn't sure if his ball moved as he played the shot. Neither his caddie,
nor playing partner noticed. Several people who viewed the event on television
contacted the tour and said his ball did move.
After officials reviewed the footage, it was determined his ball did move and
Whiteford should have taken a one-stroke penalty and replaced the ball. He did
neither, and in turn signed an incorrect scorecard, which was the reason for
NOTES: Kruger, who earned 300,000 euros for the victory, will improve nearly
50 spots in the world rankings with this win...The European Tour will be in
the United States for its next two events. First up is the WGC-Accenture Match
Play Championship, where world No. 1 Luke Donald will defend his title.
02/19 07:17:22 ET