Friday, 19 March 2010

Australian Lucas Parsons carded a course record 10-birdie 63 at Sable Solesmes in France to win the Challenge de Sable, his first victory in Europe.

The 29-year-old finished on 18-under-par 270, four shots clear of overnight leader, Kalle Brink from Sweden, who returned 70, and five in front of Markus Brier of Austria, who had a 69.

Parsons, who led for the first two rounds, but started the day three adrift of Brink, gave no hint of the fireworks to come as he reached the turn in 34. But he blitzed the back nine with seven birdies in his 29 while his 63 trimmed the previous record, held jointly by Jonathan Lomas and Scott Watson, by a stroke.

"I always believed I could win but I played it hole by hole and didn't think too far ahead," he said.
Overall, Parsons carded one eagle and 26 birdies in his four rounds, statistics that would win any tournament.

Brink began the day two ahead and in most weeks his closing 70 would have been enough to take the title. But not when someone like Parsons is taking the course apart.

Best British finisher was Scot, Euan Little in joint eighth, who went round in 70 for 277, 11 under par, to climb into 21st place on the rankings. Welshman David Park stays at No.1 despite a closing 72 for 281 and is now over 3,000 euro ahead of Spain's Carl Suneson, who was joint fourth on 276 in France.

On the same mark were New Zealanders Stephen Scahill and Marcus Wheelhouse along with Johan Skold of Sweden, whose 65 would have hit the headlines but for that man Parsons.

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
1PARSONS, LucasAUS18-18
2BRINK, KalleSWE18-14
3BRIER, MarkusAUT18-13
T4SKÖLD, JohanSWE18-12
T4SCAHILL, StephenNZL18-12
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