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Jeev Milkha Singh wins Austrian Open
June 08, 2008 18:34 IST
Last Updated: June 08, 2008 19:04 IST
Jeev Milkha Singh [Images] parred all 18 holes of his final round on Sunday to win the Austrian Open by a stroke.
A closing 71 for a 15-under 198 three-round total in the weather-shortened event left the Indian ace one shot better than Britain's Simon Wakefield.
Singh claimed his third European Tour title in Nick Faldo fashion, copying the six-times major champion's feat of 1987, when Faldo won the British Open at Muirfield by parring all 18 holes of the final round.
Wakefield, Singh's nearest challenger overnight, began the final round four off the lead in the tournament, reduced to 54 holes because of Thursday's washout.
The Englishman kept the pressure on playing-partner Singh by birdieing three of the last four holes but came up a stroke shy of forcing a playoff.
Earlier, Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, who defeated Singh in a playoff for the Ballantines Championship in March, looked like being the Indian professional's threat again.
But after closing to within two strokes of Singh, McDowell bogeyed the last two holes to slip out of the winning picture on 11-under.
Dane Soren Hansen also got to within two strokes of Singh but double-bogeyed the last to also drift to 11-under.
Swedes Michael Jonzon, Martin Erlandsson and Pelle Edberg and another Briton, Iain Pyman, were the ones to take third place, three shots adrift of Singh.