Sunday, May 06, 2018

Oscar-winning performance by Swede Lengden in Spanish Challenge

EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
Oscar Lengden displayed a devastating back nine performance to win the Challenge de España at Izki Golf  Club, Spain with a total of 15 under par 273.
The Swede began the day tied for the lead with Wil Besseling but he pulled away from the rest of the field with a superb five under par back nine.
Lengden started as he meant to go on with a birdie at the first hole, immediately seizing the initiative as playing partner Besseling went down for par.
Three successive pars followed as the Swede held on to his good early start, with Besseling remaining a shot behind with pars on every one of the first seven holes.
A birdie at the fifth and a bogey at the sixth meant Lengden stayed at 11 under par, with Besseling registering a birdie at the eighth to join him on 11 under.
A bogey on the ninth, however, meant the 25 year old dropped back to ten under at the turn, with Englishman Ross McGowan breathing down his neck after picking up two front nine shots.
And McGowan kept on charging towards the top of the leaderboard with three consecutive birdies to begin the back nine.
The three gains moved McGowan to 12 under par and gave him the outright lead as Lengden and Besseling were suddenly the chasers.
But following back-to-back pars at the tenth and 11th, Lengden stepped it up a gear.
Successive birdies at the 12th and 13th drew him level with McGowan before another gain at the par four 15th gave him the outright lead with three holes to play.
McGowan, playing in the penultimate group of the day, carded a bogey at the par three 17th to give Lengden some breathing space, as Besseling too dropped a shot by going down in five on the par four 16th.
With a birdie at the 17th, Lengden opened a three-shot lead over Besseling and McGowan as the crowds surrounded the 18th green to welcome their champion in waiting.
And the Swede didn’t disappoint. He stroked home a superb birdie putt on the 18th to seal his victory in the best possible way and secure his second European Challenge Tour title. 


Victory in Spain moves Oscar Lengden to fifth place on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah with 43,310 points, just under 53,000 points behind Number One Lorenzo Gagli. Ross McGowan, meanwhile, moves up to tenth position on 25,750 points with his finish of tied second.
Final scores:
par 288 (4x72)
273 O Lengden (Swe) 69 69 68 67
277 R McGowan (Eng) 72 71 66 68, W Besseling (Netherlands) 69 70 67 71,
278 N Lemke (Swe) 71 69 69 69
279 M Hoey (NIre) 71 71 69 68, C Braeunig (Ger) 69 72 66 72 
281 J Senior (Eng) 70 70 72 69, J Brun (Fra) 69 66 72 74
282 J Sjöholm (Swe) 70 70 69 73, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 72 69 73 68, S Tarrio Ben (Spn) 73 72 68 69, P Mejow (Ger) 72 71 71 68, A Knappe (Ger) 73 69 69 71, J Hansen (Denmark) 72 72 68 70
283 T Santos Silva (Portugal) 74 71 65 73, M Ford (Eng) 71 67 72 73, L Nemecz (Austria) 73 68 72 70, G Stal (Fra) 71 69 75 68, C Sharvin (NIre) 65 75 74 69, E Goya (Arg) 69 73 69 72, N Johansson (Swe) 71 70 71 71, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 71 73 67 72
284 N Geyger (Chile) 70 72 70 72, R Van West (Netherlands) 70 73 71 70, H Leon (Chile) 74 71 72 67, A Tadini (Ita) 74 70 71 69, R Langasque (Fra) 72 69 72 71, R McGee (Ire) 72 70 68 74, R Enoch (Wales) 69 72 73 70, C Mivis (Belgium) 71 71 72 70, B Hellgren (Swe) 73 72 68 71, J Huldahl (Denmark) 72 70 71 71, A Meronk (Poland) 67 70 76 71 
285 A Arnaus (Esp) 73 72 70 70, J Doherty (Sco) 73 68 73 71, R McEvoy (Eng) 73 70 70 72, D Boote (Wales) 71 73 69 72
286 C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 71 70 71 74, R De Sousa (Switz) 72 73 73 68, P Barjon (Fra) 70 71 72 73, P Figueiredo (Portugal) 76 69 69 72, M Haastrup (Denmark) 74 71 68 73, J Van Der Vaart (Netherlands) 75 69 70 72, S Khan (Eng) 72 70 71 73
287 N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 67 71 76 73, J Pastor (Spn) 68 73 72 74, R Santos (Portugal) 71 72 71 73
288 B Virto (Spn) 71 73 71 73, E De La Riva (Spn) 76 69 71 72, V Perez (Fra) 72 72 69 75, M Kim (SKor) 70 73 70 75, P Maddy (Eng) 72 72 71 73, P Angles (Spn) 70 73 69 76 
289 A Rozner (Fra) 70 72 68 79, B Parker (Eng) 75 68 73 73, J Quesne (Fra) 69 73 72 75
290 D Borda (Spn) 70 74 74 72
291 T Linard (Fra) 71 73 74 73, J Maw (Eng) 74 68 74 75
292 H Joannes (Belgium) 75 68 76 73, M Gradecki (Pol)and 70 75 71 76
293 A Chapman (Eng) 78 66 75 74, M Lundberg (Swe) 73 72 75 73 
294 M Galiano Aguilar (Spn) 71 73 76 74
296 F Aguilar (Chile) 74 71 77 74, D Berna Manzanares (Spn) 72 71 75 78 
297 X Gorospe (Spn) (am)  73 72 77 75 
298 J Adams (Eng) 73 72 74 79
299 P Erofejeff (Finland) 70 75 74 80

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