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New Zealand's Brown claims superb Johnnie Walker win

March 02, 2008 18:30 IST

New Zealand's Mark Brown clinched a three-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Classic on Sunday, claiming his second title in successive weeks.

The 33-year-old Wellington golfer shot a last round five-under-par 67, reeling off four birdies in succession on the back nine to hit the lead on the 15th hole which he never gave up.

Brown, who won his maiden international title on the Asian Tour last week at the SAIL Open near New Delhi, birdied the final 18th hole for a winning aggregate of 18-under-par 270.

Overnight leader Taichiro Kiyota led alone and then shared the top spot with Australia's Scott Strange but both crumbled under pressure to finish tied second along with Greg Chalmers of Australia.

Kiyota carded 71 while Strange (68) and Chalmers (68) could not could produce the finish, the trio aggregating 15-under par 273 at the par-72 DLF Golf and Country Club near New Delhi.

Strange's hopes evaporated after a bogey six on the final hole where he hit the fairway bunker and then overshot the green and rolled past the cart path.

England's Graeme Storm, Swede Johan Edfors and India's Shiv Kapur were joint fifth a further shot adrift.

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