Sunday, 11 June 2000
A Frenchman duly won the Aa 4th Open de St Omer - but it was Pascal Edmond who ripped the glittering trophy away from Franck Aumonier, the man who appeared to be running away with it for almost the entire four days of competition.

Indeed with just one and a half holes left at St Omer, Aumonier was still leading, tied at 16 under par alongside close friend and countryman Edmond who had roared back into contention with a back nine 30 on Saturday.

Then Edmond ripped his approach at the final par five green to 12ft and after studying from 360 degrees the 28-years-old from Paris knocked it in for an eagle three that lifted him to 18 under and two shots clear of a suddenly crestfallen Aumonier.

And when Aumonier was put off his own 25ft eagle effort on the same green by an over-enthusiastic photographer who snapped on his downswing, the ball drifting wide and five feet short, Edmond's moment of extraordinary victory had arrived.

His last round 64 for a total of 274 meant he equalled his own nine under par course record set on Friday although in very different circumstances.

Yesterday he conjured up 11 birdies, one eagle, two pars and four bogeyscompared to a more sedate - if 64 ever can be described thus - in the second round.

"It was an incredible round. I've never had one like it before. Just two pars and yet nine under for the day. To birdie five holes in sucession on the front nine and then birdie and eagle the last five on the backside is something incredible, " he said.

"Of course I am very happy with this result but I am also a little sad for Franck because he has played so well this week and he is a good friend of mine."

Edmond's brilliaance earns him £15,500 with Aumonier picking up a career best £10,000 and Hull's James Healey whose 69 earned him a share of third place alongside another Frenchman Nicolas Joakimides and a cheque for £5,235.

"I actually struck the ball worse than I have all week but at least I scored quite well and to finish with four birdies helps my confidence when I get into this position again. Certainly I was nervous over the front nine especially, " said Healey, a protege of former Ryder Cup star Mike King.

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