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Bourdy claims Wales Open title

Gregory Bourdy (Getty Images)
Gregory Bourdy (Getty Images)
Newport - A superb hat-trick of birdies saw Frenchman Gregory Bourdy win the Wales Open on Sunday and claim the first points in the race to qualify for next year's Ryder Cup.

Bourdy birdied the last three holes at Celtic Manor in Newport to leave American Peter Uihlein in second place after bogeying the last in vain pursuit of a birdie of his own that would have forced a play-off.

Uihlein had started the final day three shots clear of Bourdy and his compatriot Thomas Levet, but fell two behind after dropping two shots over the first 10 holes.

He regained the lead with a birdie at 15 after Bourdy dropped shots on 13 and 14, only for the Frenchman to hole a 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th and then sink another from 12 feet on the penultimate hole.

Uihlein responded with a long birdie putt of his own on the 17th but although Bourdy looked in trouble on the par-five 18th, he sank a 30-foot putt to complete a dazzling 67 and finish on eight under par.

Uihlein could not match his feat, knocking an attempted birdie putt six feet past the hole and then missing with his return.

He still finished second on six under par, with Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen a shot further back after a closing round of 66.

Leading scores after the final round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales on Sunday (GBR and IRL unless otherwise stated; par 71):

276 - Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 67 72 70 67

278 - Peter Uihlein (USA) 69 70 67 72

279 -
Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 69 74 70 66

281 - John Parry 71 69 73 68, Joost Luiten (NED) 73 68 69 71

282 - Damien McGrane 70 71 70 71, Graeme Storm 72 67 72 71

283 - Brett Rumford (AUS) 72 69 72 70, Anders Hansen (DEN) 71 71 70 71, Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 71 70 70 72, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 70 75 69 69, Paul McGinley 70 69 77 67, Simon Wakefield 70 74 70 69, Seve Benson 76 70 69 68

284 - Robert Rock 68 73 73 70, Eduardo De La Riva (ESP) 71 70 71 72, Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 71 68 71 74

285 - Paul Waring 72 70 71 72, Matthew Baldwin 74 72 70 69, Simon Dyson 76 69 72, 68, Johan Edfors (SWE) 72 69 74 70, Brooks Koepka (USA) 72 71 73 69, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68 76 70 71, Tjaart Van Der Walt (RSA) 67 71 74 73, Alexander Levy (FRA) 71 69 77 68

286 - Justin Walters (RSA) 71 71 69 75, Peter Hedblom (SWE) 72 72 66 76, David Higgins 74 70 71 71, Thomas Levet (FRA) 75 67 67 77, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 71 74 72 69

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England 219 & 55/1 (22.1 ov, target 277)
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England 219 & 55/1 (22.1 ov, target 277)
Pakistan 326 & 169
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