Golfer Lawrie gets his first win since 2002

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Malaga, Spain – Paul Lawrie only managed an even-par 70 on Sunday, but it was enough to get his first win in almost nine years at the Open de Andalucia.

Lawrie overcame a shaky start to get the victory at 12-under 268. He bogeyed the last to cut his winning margin to a single stroke over Johan Edfors, who had a 68 on Sunday, at Parador de Malaga Golf.

This was Lawrie's sixth European Tour title, which included the 1999 British Open, but his first since winning in Wales in 2002.

"It's been a long time - 2002 seems a hell of a time ago," said Lawrie. "I've had a few second places in there, but all of a sudden we're there again. It was going pear-shaped a little bit, but you've just got to keep going - that's all you can do."

Felipe Aguilar shot a two-under 68 and finished third at 10-under 270. Jeppe Huldahl (67), Raphael Jacquelin (69) and Mark Foster (72) shared fourth at minus-nine.

Lawrie began the final round with a one-shot lead and immediately lost the cushion thanks to a bogey at the first. He dropped another shot at the second and yet another at No. 5 and appeared to be fading from contention.

But no player went out and fired low numbers on Sunday.

Lawrie parred his last four holes on the opening nine, then caught fire. He birdied the 10th and 11th to momentarily take the lead, but Foster and Aguilar tied him for first.

Lawrie sank a five-foot birdie putt at the 12th to move back ahead and hit a spectacular tee ball inside five feet at the par-three 13th. He missed that putt, but kept his one-stroke advantage.

At the par-five 14th, Edfors got up and down from a bunker to match Lawrie in the lead at 12-under par. Lawrie came up just short of the green in two at 14 and chipped close to set up a tap-in birdie for the lead.

Edfors bogeyed the 15th to fall two back and that turned out to be enough. Actually, Lawrie needed the two-stroke cushion down the stretch.

He parred 15, 16 and 17, missing a makeable birdie try at 16. With a two-shot lead, Lawrie found a greenside bunker from the fairway at the last. He blasted out to five feet and missed the putt.

The only thing it cost Lawrie was his margin of victory.

"I played lovely and the putter behaved better," said Lawrie. "I got on a nice run at the right time."

Christian Nilsson carded a two-under 68 and finished seventh at eight-under 68.

Florian Fritsch (70), Hennie Otto (70) and Jose Manuel Lara (71) shared eighth at minus-seven.

NOTES: Lawrie has won four of the last five times he's owned the 54-hole lead...He pocketed 166,660 euros for the victory...Next week is the Trophee Hassan II, where Rhys Davies claimed his first tour title last year.


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