Lawrie eases to victory in Wales

 

Scotland's Paul Lawrie eased to a five-shot victory in the Wales Open today, closing with a two-under-par 70 to clinch the fifth European Tour title of his career.

The 1999 British Open champion, joint runner-up in the event last year, could afford to bogey the par-three 14th and still finish well clear of second-placed John Bickerton of England, who fired a 70.

Lawrie, (33), who had to play 36 holes on the final day of the rain-hit tournament, completed the four rounds at 16-under-par 272.

Finland's Mikko Ilonen, who birdied the last for a 70, was third at 10-under 278 while South Africa's Martin Maritz, who carded a 72, was a further shot back in a share of fourth with Australia's Lucas Parsons, also a 72.

Ireland’s Paul McGinley - the defending champion - bogeyed two of the last four holes on his way to a 71 and a tie for sixth at eight under.

Rising star Graeme McDowell fired a closing round 70 to finish on five under. Darren Clarke, Des Smyth and Ronan Rafferty all finished on three under.

Collated scores and totals in final round of Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open, Newport (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

272Paul Lawrie 67 65 70 70 (€183,330)

277John Bickerton 67 67 73 70 (€122,220)

278Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 70 68 70 70 (€68,860)

279Martin Maritz (Rsa) 71 69 67 72, Lucas Parsons (Aus) 71 69 67 72 (€50,820 each)

280Ian Poulter 71 71 69 69, Paul McGinley69 71 69 71, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 68 70 71 71

281Jarrod Moseley (Aus) 71 70 69 71, Jean-Francois Remesy (Fra) 73 68 70 70, Bradley Dredge 66 74 70 71, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 70 67 73 71, Richard Green (Aus) 65 69 73 74

282Jamie Donaldson 70 73 66 73, Peter Fowler (Aus) 72 70 69 71

283Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 70 75 71 67, Elliot Boult (Nzl) 68 75 69 71, Shaun Webster 72 71 71 69, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 71 72 71 69, Fredrik Andersson (Swe) 74 68 70 71, Graeme McDowell73 69 71 70, Adam Mednick (Swe) 70 72 69 72, Jeremy Robinson 69 68 73 73

284David Gilford 72 73 69 70, Christopher Hanell (Swe) 71 73 70 70, Sven Struver (Ger) 69 74 71 70, Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 74 69 69 72, Ian Garbutt 71 71 70 72, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 71 71 70 72, Barry Lane 69 72 72 71, Roger Wessels (Rsa) 67 70 72 75

285 Ronan Rafferty70 75 71 69, David Lynn 71 73 70 71, Ashley Roestoff (Rsa) 72 71 69 73, Steve Webster 70 73 69 73, Greg Turner (Nzl) 71 72 70 72, Anthony Wall 69 73 71 72, Darren Clarke68 74 72 71, Des Smyth68 74 73 70, Didier De Vooght (Bel) 67 74 72 72, David Drysdale 68 72 69 76

286Lee Westwood 72 70 71 73, Charlie Wi (Prk) 71 70 70 75, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 73 68 71 74

287Stuart Little 72 71 70 74, Gary Emerson 71 72 74 70, Stephen Dodd 72 70 70 75, Nick Dougherty 69 72 68 78, Mark Roe 70 71 72 74, Sam Torrance 66 73 76 72

288Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 71 74 68 75, Sion Bebb 70 73 72 73, Mark Wiggett 71 71 72 74, James Kingston (Rsa) 65 75 74 74, Rolf Muntz (Ned) 67 71 72 78

289Malcolm Mackenzie 71 74 73 71, Richard Bland 74 70 72 73, Ian Woosnam 70 74 72 73, Magnus Persson Atlevi (Swe) 70 74 70 75

290Paul Eales 73 71 71 75, Miguel Angel Martin (Spa) 71 73 73 73, Nicolas Vanhootegem (Bel) 69 72 72 77

291Robert-Jan Derksen (Ned) 71 72 75 73, Stephen Scahill (Nzl) 68 72 74 77
293Marc Warren 73 72 73 75, Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 74 71 70 78, Phillip Price 73 72 75 73, Barry Hume 69 74 75 75

294Alastair Forsyth 70 75 72 77, Philip Golding 73 70 74 77, Costantino Rocca (Ita) 73 70 73 78, Mark Pilkington 74 68 79 73

295Iain Ferrie 72 73 74 76