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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 August 2005, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Canonica takes Gleneagles title
Emanuele Canonica
GB & Ireland unless otherwise stated
-7 E Canonica (It)
-5 N Colsaerts (Bel), B Dredge, D Lynn, B Lane
Italy's Emanuele Canonica shot a final round of 71 to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and claim his first European Tour title.

Canonica started the day two strokes behind overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts, but the Belgian could only manage a 75 in the final round.

It was Canonica who held his nerve best to finish on seven under par.

Bradley Dredge, Barry Lane and David Lynn joined Colsaerts in a share of second place on five under par.

"This week I reached my dream," said Canonica. "I just tried to stay calm and play my normal game. I played great.

"I hit a lot of one irons, three irons and four irons off the tee to try and keep the ball on the fairway.

"I hit my one iron low about 275 yards, so that's as far as some of the others hit drives.

"The course was dry and running this week, so the one iron was the right club."

The 34-year-old admitted that after 231 events over 11 years on the Tour he had at times thought of quitting.

But Canonica said his wife Antonella and two former Italy footballers Roberto Donadoni and Gianluca Vialli had talked him out it.

"They said I was too good a player and must keep going, so I decided to give it another two years," he said.


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