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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2007, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Dredge pipped to Wales Open title
A glum Bradley Dredge salutes the Celtic Manor gallery
A glum Bradley Dredge salutes the Celtic Manor gallery
FINAL LEADERBOARD
GB & Ire unless stated
-13 R Sterne (Rsa)
-12 B Dredge, M Vibe-Hastrup (Den), M Mamat (Sin), S Kjeldsen (Den)
-11 M Ilonen (Fin), G Murphy
-10 T Whitehouse, A Canizares (Spa), G Orr, N Dougherty, P Broadhurst, D Frost (Rsa)

Bradley Dredge just failed to become the first home player to win the Wales Open as Richard Sterne won by a stroke in the final round at Celtic Manor.

The South African watched as Dredge lined up a seven-foot putt at the 18th to take the event into a play-off.

But the ball trickled agonisingly off the lip and Dredge kicked his putter in frustration at a golden chance spurned.

A final round of 67, that started with two bogeys, left the Welshman tied on 12 under par in a four-strong pack.

It wasn't a case of the pressure getting to me, this is what you play and practice for

Bradley Dredge

Singaporean Mardan Mamat, with a storming seven-under last round of 62, Soren Kjeldsen and fellow Dane Mads Vibe-Hastrup, the overnight second-round leader, all finished with a 264 total.

Dredge had clawed back a four-shot deficit to lead by one with one to play, but then bogeyed the last after Sterne had birdied the same hole minutes earlier.

It meant 25-year-old Sterne, third at last week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, took the 250,000 first prize with a brilliant five-under-par inward half of 29.

Dredge's reward for his week's work fell to just under 100,000, some consolation for missing out on a win in front of his home crowd.

Only two weeks ago Dredge caught Padraig Harrington from four behind in the Irish Open, only to lose a play-off.

606: DEBATE

There was more bad news, as by finishing in a four-way tie for second place rather than a two-way share Dredge will just miss out on earning an exemption into next month's Open Championship through the world's top 50.

As with the US Open, which he has still to play in, Dredge has controversially decided not to compete in the 36-hole qualifier at Sunningdale on 2 July, although there are various other ways in.

"I'm a bit gutted to say the least, it's a bit of a kick in the nuts," Dredge said.

"I came here to win and I've come second, so that is a disappointment.

"I thought I just had to par on the last to win, but my caddie told me I'd need that for a play-off.

"I hit a bad tee shot but you make your decisions, you play your shots and you pay the price.

Richard Sterne played a brilliant back nine to win the Wales Open
Richard Sterne played a brilliant back nine to win the Wales Open

"I didn't play the last hole well and have to work on my fairway bunker shots - that cost me on the 18th.

"It wasn't a case of the pressure getting to me. This is what you play and practice for and it was quite exciting over the last few holes, it is a very disappointing way to end.

"I couldn't get my game together over the first few holes but managed to pull it together over the back nine.

"I just wanted to start getting the ball near to the pin and give myself a chance and I did that with four birdies on the back nine.

"The support was amazing today, I'm glad they stayed with me towards the end. I had a lot of friends and family here and would like to thank everyone for their support."



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