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Johnston Tames Tough Valderrama

Andrew Johnston
SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN - APRIL 17: during the final round of the Open de Espana at Real Club Valderrama on April 17, 2016 in Sotogrande, Spain. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Who Won:

Andrew Johnston won the Open de España in San Roque, Spain, on Sunday, coming from one stroke back to capture his first European Tour title on a Real Club de Valderrama track toughened by windy conditions. The 27-year-old Englishman closed with a 70 to finish at 1-over 285, one stroke ahead of Dutchman Joost Luiten (closing 71).

Who Didn’t Win:

Luiten, who was tied with Johnston for the lead at the turn Sunday, closed with seven straight pars and posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight starts this season. Spain’s Sergio García, the tournament host, birdied four of his first 12 holes but bogeyed the last to finish third, two strokes back. Denmark’s Søren Kjeldsen, coming off a top-10 finish at The Masters, closed with a 68 to finish T4 with defending champion James Morrison of England (closing 72) at 4 over. France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera, who held the 54-hole lead, made five front-nine bogeys in a closing 75 that left him T6 with two-time major champion Martin Kaymer of Germany and two others.  

How It Happened:

France’s Alexander Levy opened with a 66 to take a one-stroke lead, while Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal (71) took a two-shot lead on a windswept Friday…..READ FULL ARTICLE



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