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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 17:50 GMT 18:50 UK
Ferrie wins Spanish Open
Spanish Open

England's Kenneth Ferrie won a dramatic play-off in Tenerife to claim his first European Tour title.

England's Kenneth Ferrie
Ferrie came through a three-way play-off
Ferrie had finished the tournament on 22 under par alongside Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Peter Hedblom of Sweden.

He then sealed the win in the play-off by birdieing the 18th hole, while Lawrie and Hedblom failed to do better than par.

All three men had birdied the par five in the first play-off hole, but on the second occasion Ferrie's huge drive and stunning approach to 10 feet made victory his.

The win means a 200,000 reward for Ferrie as well a two-year exemption from qualifying for European Tour events.

"I'm really pleased," he said. "I had a couple of rocky patches, but then everything came together.

"This is the first time I've been in this situation and I didn't know what to expect. But I coped with it better than I thought I would."

There had been plenty of drama before the play-off, with Dubliner Lawrie, in his first full season on the circuit, sinking a four-foot eagle putt at the last to set the target.

Final leaderboard
-22 Kenneth Ferrie
(Ferrie wins play-off)
Peter Lawrie
Peter Hedblom
-21Mads Vibe-Hastrup
Brian Davis
Hedblom looked set to beat that, but three-putted the hole for par, missing from five feet.

When Ferrie birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th to draw level he was favourite to win.

But a bad drive at the downwind 542-yard 18th led to a par five for him as well.

Londoner Brian Davis missed a 12-foot eagle chance on the 18th and finished a stroke behind along with Dane Mads Vibe-Hastrup.

The tournament also included a welcome return to form for Gary Evans, the Englishman who came so close to winning the Open at Muirfield last year.

He finished with a 72-hole total of 20 under, while compatriot Paul Casey tied with him on sixth.

Ryder Cup hero Philip Price made it a top-10 finish on 19 under, tied with nine other players on that mark, including Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal.

Seventeen-year-Spaniard sensation Pablo Martin, who was joint leader overnight, could only manage a 74 and finished joint 23rd.




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