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Raphael Jacquelin beats Anthony Wall to Sicilian Open

Sicilian Open, final leaderboard: -12 R Jacquelin (Fra) -11 A Wall (Eng) -7 J Sjoholm (Swe), JM Lara (Spa)
Selected others: -5 S Jamieson (Sco), J Elson (Eng), S Dyson (Eng), P Whiteford (Sco) -4 G Storm (Eng), L Slattery (Eng), J Donaldson (Wal) -3 S Khan (Eng), S Dodd (Wal)

Raphael Jacquelin
Jacquelin picked up his third European Tour title

France's Raphael Jacquelin clinched his first European Tour title in four years with a one-shot victory over England's Anthony Wall in the Sicilian Open.

Bad weather curtailed Sunday's final round, with Jacquelin leading by one with six holes to play on Monday.

Wall, without a European Tour win since 2000, twice wiped out the deficit but double bogeyed the 17th and Jacquelin parred the last to secure the spoils.

Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara tied for third on seven under with Joel Sjoholm.

Lara was only two behind Jacquelin, with three holes left when play resumed at 0600 GMT but he dropped two shots on the 18th to fall back.

Wall immediately drew level with Jacquelin on the resumption of their rounds when he birdied the par three 13th but his French playing partner responded by picking up a shot on the next hole.

A birdie at the par-five 16th for Wall restored parity but his approach to the 17th came up short and rolled round the edge of a bunker and into water.

The resulting six dropped him two shots back and although he picked up a shot at the last, his closing round of 68 was not enough to force a play-off.

"It's a real shame for me," said Wall. "But for one bad swing that was only half a bad swing I may have been the winner, but we pushed each other all the way and I'm pleased with my game."

Jacquelin parred the final four holes to also card a 68 and wrap up his third Tour win.

"It was a good fight, but there's only one winner and I am happy it's me," he said.

"I've played pretty well since 2007 and I feel I am still improving, even at 36, so maybe it's time to win a bigger one."

England's Jamie Elson bogeyed two of his three remaining holes to drop back to five under in an eight-way tie for fifth.

However, his top-10 finish qualifies him for this week's Andalucian Open.



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