Friday, 19 March 2010
Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez claimed his third title on The European Tour International Schedule and second title in Spain when he birdied the final hole at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla for a two stroke victory in the inaugural Open de Sevilla.

A closing round of 69 gave the 34 year old from Corrientes a 14 under par total of 274, two clear of Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and England’s Jonathan Lomas.

His victory marked the 20th Argentine success on The European Tour International Schedule and followed his previous victories in the 2001 Omega European Masters and the Telefonica Open de Madrid last year.

With Lomas setting an impressive target of 12 under par 276 after a round of 66 that included a hole-in-one on the third and an eagle three two holes later, Gonzalez needed to produce something special over the closing holes. He responded in style with three birdies in the last five holes, sealing victory with a curling 30 foot birdie putt on the final green.

Victory earned him €166,660 and lifted him to 21st in the Volvo Order of Merit.

"It was the best finish of my life," said Gonzalez.

"I finally found my touch to hit the ball accurately at the 14th and finding the birdies I knew I needed was perfect."

The host Real Clyb de Golf de Sevilla will stage the World Golf Championships - World Cup in November and Gonzalez is now aiming to return representing Argentina.

"This win has opened the door for the world rankings top 50, which is my goal, and playing in the World Cup is another objective this season," said Gonzalez.

Lomas, chasing his second European Tour title, put up a strong challenge, picking up five strokes in his first five holes to put the pressure on the leaders. Two more birdies at the 14th and 16th holes took Lomas to the top of the leaderboard but he was unable to save his par on the last.

His 12 under par total was matched by Gallacher who made five birdies with just one dropped shot for a 68 in his bid for a first European Tour title.

Robert-Jan Derksen (70) of The Netherlands, the 2003 Dubai Desert Classic Champion, South African Louis Oosthuizen (66) and Jean-Francois Remesy (68) of France shared fourth place two shots further back on ten under par 278.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MARTIN, Miguel AngelESP18-3
2LUNA, SantiagoESP181
3GONZALEZ, RicardoARG18-14
T4LOMAS, JonathanENG18-12
T4GALLACHER, StephenSCO18-12
T6DERKSEN, Robert-JanNED18-10
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