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Lara beats Lynn in play-off to win Austrian Open

Austrian Open final leaderboard: (par 72)
-17 JM Lara, D Lynn (Eng) -14 D Willett (Eng), G McDowell (NI), A Noren (Swe) Selected others: -9 MA Jimenez (Spa)

Jose Manuel Lara
Lara recently missed nine consecutive cuts before finishing fourth last week

Jose Manuel Lara beat David Lynn in a play-off to win the Austrian Open and save his European Tour card.

Spaniard Lara, 33, carded a fourth-round 64 to claim a share of the lead with 37-year-old Englishman Lynn (68) on 17 under par after 72 holes.

And after Lynn made a hash of his tee shot at the first extra hole, Lara made par for his second European Tour win.

England's Danny Willett bogeyed the last three holes to finish joint third with US Open champion Graeme McDowell.

"I have missed too many cuts in the past two years," said Lara after picking up the 125,000 euro (£104,000) winner's cheque at Atzenbrugg.

"And after playing so poorly, I could not imagine I could play so well as I have done all this week. Now I would like to climb into the top 60 and make the Dubai World Championship at the end of the year."

Lara, who had missed nine successive cuts before finishing fourth at last week's KLM Open, was eighth overnight but carded 10 birdies, along with two bogeys, in his eight-under-par round.

Lynn made par at the last to force a play-off but the Stoke-based golfer immediately handed the initiative to his rival with a nervy tee shot on 18.

From his poor lie behind a grass mound to the right of the fairway, Lynn could only advance his ball halfway to the green, while Lara found the middle of the putting surface with his second.

Lynn pitched his third shot to around 15 feet but Lara then putted to four feet. And when the Englishman failed to hole his testing putt, Lara sealed victory with a solid par.

Lara won his only previous European Tour title outside of Europe, prevailing at the Hong Kong Open in November 2006.

The relief was clear to see as he was chased around the green by champagne-spraying players including his fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Lara came into the tournament at a lowly 130th in the Race to Dubai, and was in danger of having to go to the qualifying school to earn his card for next season.

But his win should lift him into the top 115 in the money list who are guaranteed playing cards for 2011.

Northern Ireland's McDowell, who carded a final-round 69, and Jimenez, who finished eight off the pace after also carding a 69, were the only two Ryder Cup players on show.

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