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Friday, 19 March 2010
Birdies at the final two holes not only earned Stehen Scahill a dramatic victory in the First Cuba Grand Final at Varadero but it secured his European Tour card for next year. The 30-year-old New Zealander holed an outrageous curling 25-footer for a two at the 215-yard 17th, then rolled in a 15-foot putt for a three at the last for a 70.

It left him on 11-under-par 277, two strokes clear of playing partner, Jose Manuel Lara from Spain, who had a 72, and Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who also bridied the last for a 70.

"I played fantastic all day but never made a putt until those last two holes," said Scahill. "The one at 17 had a six-foot swing while I knew I could afford to bogey the last and still get my card. So the onbe at 18 was a bonus.

"But that was the whole year's golf rolled into two putts. I'm pleased to be back on the tour after losing my card two years ago."

But while Scahill went away happy, it was heartbreak for Lara who needed to finish second on his own to climb into the top 15 on the rankings to earn his card. In the end he fell less than £1,500 short in 19th place.

The final day shake-up which was played out in oven-like temperatures, saw Denmark's Knud Storgaard, who had a 68 for 281, and Sweden's Johan Skold with 66 for 282, gain their cards alongside Scahill at the expense of three other Swedes, Raimo Sjoberg, Klas Eriksson and Eric Carlberg, who were all pushed out of ther top 15.

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
1SCAHILL, StephenNZL18-11
T2LARA, José ManuelESP18-9
T2STENSON, HenrikSWE18-9
T4GOTTFRIDSON, PatrikSWE18-8
T4NYMAN, Per GSWE18-8
T6STORGAARD, KnudDEN18-7
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