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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2006, 08:48 GMT 09:48 UK
Singh wins maiden title in China
FINAL STANDINGS
Jeev Milkha Singh shows off his China Open trophy
GB unless stated
-10 J Milkha Singh (Ind)
-9 G Fernandez-Castano (Spa)
-8 D Lynn
-7 S Wakefield, P Fowler (Aus), P Casey, J Lyle (Aus)
India's Jeev Milkha Singh shot a final round of 70 to reach 10 under and win the China Open in Beijing by one shot from Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Singh was one shot behind leader David Lynn going into the final day at the Honghua Golf Club but the Englishman could only manage a 73 to finish third.

Defending champion Paul Casey also had a disappointing final round, his 72 leaving him tied for fourth.

It was a first European Tour win for the 34-year-old Singh.

His two-under-par last round contained two dropped shots - including one at the final hole - but he birdied the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 14th.

In 1997, Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the European Tour but plagued by wrist injuries, he played without success until 2002 before returning to the Asian Tour.

"I just can't explain this feeling, it's been a long seven years," said Singh, whose last Asian Tour victory came in Thailand in 1999.

"I've let so many tournaments go in the last few years and went in to today with reverse psychology, thinking that if I didn't win it didn't matter."

Lynn, who had led after the second and third rounds, was left to rue some poor putting in his final round which denied him a second Tour win.

"I feel I have let this one slip, to be honest," said Lynn, who three-putted the 13th, 14th and 15th.

"I was trying to be patient but on the back nine - crunch time. I got a dose of the three putts at the wrong time."


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