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Strange clinches China Open title

-8 S Strange (Aus) -7 Fernandez-Castano (Sp)-6 M Brown (NZ), R Finch (Eng), A Hall (Aus) -5 D Dixon (Eng), S Dodd (Wal)

Scott Strange plays a shot during Sunday's final round
Strange produced a strong finish to secure victory

Three birdies in four holes over the back nine helped Scott Strange come from four strokes off the pace to win the China Open by one shot on Sunday.

England's Richard Finch was the overnight leader but he could only manage a 74 in Beijing.

He was three over on the front nine and finished in a tie for third, two shots behind the winner.

Australian Strange shot a 68 to finish on eight under overall and edge out Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

"I didn't tear the golf course apart but I played the course the best way I could and produced a score which ended up winning," he said.

"I had a peek on the board on 12 and I knew there was a log jam there. I didn't really know if I'd won when I holed that putt at the last.

"The boards weren't there, I wasn't looking at them, so I didn't think I was leading until I holed that putt at the last."

Finch, 31, was philosophical about seeing victory slip through his fingers.

"I'm a little disappointed, obviously 74's not the final round I was looking for," he said.

"But I played the long game really well, I was delighted with how I struck the ball, gave myself plenty of chances for birdies but just didn't convert them.

"That was disappointing then I think I got a bit guilty of trying too hard."

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