Date: September 29, 2008

Fraser 10 strokes back

He held the equal lead with a round to go but Michael Campbell had to be content with third at the British Masters, two shots behind winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. After finishing the last four holes of his third round with three birdies on Sunday morning to complete a brilliant seven-under 65, Campbell was level with Englishman Lee Westwood, and three ahead of Fernandez-Castano, with 18 holes to go. But Campbell could only manage an even-par 72 for a tournament total of 10-under 278 at The Belfry course to notch his second straight third placing on the European Tour and also match his finish at the same event last year. “Unfortunately the first nine the putter was cold on me,” Campbell said. “I came back strong on the back nine and came close but it wasn&apost good enough.” Westwood added: “Cambo is a bit strange in that he either wins the US Open or goes missing for three or four months. “But he is good when gets in the mix of things and it will be difficult to win with him around.” Australian Marcus Fraser, who held a share of the lead after the first round, finished in a tie for 34th at two-under. As if playing more than 18 holes in the day was not enough, Westwood and Fernandez-Castano had to go three more in fading light before the Spaniard was crowned champion. Tired all week following his exertions in the Ryder Cup, Westwood was three clear with 10 to play, but was gradually reeled in by Fernandez-Castano. They tied on 12-under-par 276, Westwood finishing with a 70 to his opponent&aposs 67, and after each in turn had made a 10-footer to stay alive in extra time a par four at the next decided the 300,000 pound first prize. Off a much better drive, Westwood missed the green for the third time in a row and on this occasion left his chip 15 feet short and missed. “I just struggled with my swing all day,” he said. “I didn&apost feel under control at any point.” “I was pleased to be in a play-off as I felt I really hung in there.” “When &aposGonzo&apos chipped in at the 12th I think the writing was on the wall. I felt I am at the end of my tether and running on empty.” Last year&aposs five-shot win in the same event remains Westwood&aposs last success. He has now had 14 top-10s since then, including a third place in the US Open in June. It was 27-year-old Fernandez-Castano&aposs fourth Tour victory – and takes his play-off record to a perfect 3-0. Yet it was his first top-10 finish since the Wales Open at the start of June and he came into the week only 105th on the money list. No wonder he was still prepared to go into the freezing cold lake by the final green to celebrate at 7pm. Fernandez-Castano, soaked to the skin and re-appearing for a press conference draped in towels, said: “I think it&aposs probably the best of my four wins. My season was not going very well and I was starting to get worried.” Final Round Scores from the Quinn Insurance British Masters (Par 72) -12: Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 71 70 68 67, Lee Westwood 68 70 68 70 -10: Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 69 72 65 72 -8: Mikael Lungberg 67 75 68 70 -6: Charl Schwartzel 72 72 66 72, Jeev Milkah Singh 69 71 69 73 -5: Magnus A Carlsson 73 70 68 72, Ross Fisher 71 68 71 73, Louis Oosthuizen 71 71 75 66 -4: Alejandro Canizares 71 68 72 73, Michael Jonzon 70 71 72 71, Pablo Larrazabal 74 71 69 70 -3: Thomas Bjorn 69 73 72 71, Alexander Noren 72 66 75 72, Anthony Wall 71 74 70 70 -2: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 67 73 77 69, David Howell 71 71 77 67, Paul Lawrie 69 71 74 72, Jean Van De Velde 72 74 66 74