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Sunday, 08 August 1999
A day of almost continual rain, which included a 100-minute suspension of play when the course flooded, plagued the Beazer Homes Challenge Tour Championship at Bowood Golf and Country Club. But it couldn't prevent Carl Suneson from completing an overwhelming victory.
The Spaniard carded a closing 66, which was superb in the soggy conditions, for a 16-under-par total of 272 and an eight-shot winning margin from Benoit Teilleria of France, Dutchman Maarten Lafeber and Bradley Dredge of Wales.
The victory, Suneson's third of the summer, secured his European Tour card for next year, and he did it in front of his grandparents, his father Gunnar, wife Elena, and son, Carl Junior, four generations of the Suneson family.
"I'm so glad to win like this," he said. "I played well and putted well while patience and experience was the key today.
"I think I had my card before this week but this confirms it. Now I want to go on and win the Order of Merit."
On a day plagued by incessant rain, Suneson teed-off tied with Maarten Lafeber. But he soon left the Dutchman in his wake, going two shots ahead before the stoppage. When play resumed almost two hours later, Suneson surged further ahead and the outcome was never in doubt.
The unfortunate Lafeber, who trimmed two shots off the course record in the second round, found the birdies that had come so plentifully earlier in the week, had dried up. He eventually finished with a 74 for 280, a dropped shot at the last dropping him back into a tie with Teilleria, who carded a 71, and Dredge, whose 69 left him as the top British player.
English teenager Justin Rose, who drew as big an audience as the leaders, closed with a 73 for 284, four under par, and joint 11th place.

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