Date: April 19, 2009

Strange wins in China

Australian Scott Strange has won the China Open by one stroke following a final round four-under-par 68 in Beijing on Sunday. Strange finished the $2.2 million tournament on minus eight to finish one shot ahead of Spaniard Gonzalo Fdez-Castano with New Zealander Mark Brown a further stroke back in third. The 32-year-old began the day in fifth spot and despite wet conditions Strange performed with aplomb, firing in five birdies for the day to take out his second Euopean Tour Event. Strange started his round in a steady fashion, shooting birdies at the fifth and eighth before picking up his only bogie of the round at the 12th, a par three that also proved to be troublesome for the Aussie in the second round. But that dropped shot proved to be a small blip on the radar for Strange as he then reeled off three birdies in four holes to secure the win. Fellow Australian Ashley Hall finished the day in a tie for third spot following a one-under-par 71, while compatriot Kurt Barnes was a further three strokes back in equal 11th. Aaron Townsend finished his tournament with a 72 to close on minus two while Marcus Fraser carded a one-under-par 71 to finish on even par over the four days.