Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño produced a superb display in Shanghai to win his seventh European Tour title at the BMW Masters, the first event of the Final Series.
Fernandez-Castaño’s closing round of 68 at the Lake Malaren course saw him finish at 11-under par, one shot ahead of Seve Trophy team-mate Francesco Molinari – who started the day six shots off the pace – and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
The Spaniard endured a wobble at the final hole, where he found two bunkers en route to a double bogey six, but his earlier exploits had given him enough of a cushion to capture his third BMW-sponsored event, following victory in last year’s Italian Open and the 2006 Asian Open.
Fernandez-Castaño collected the winner’s cheque for €851,346 and, with it, a place in Thursday’s lucrative WGC-HSBC Champions event, the second tournament in the Final Series.
The lowest round of the day was posted by defending champion Peter Hanson, who surged from joint 31st overnight into a tie for eighth place courtesy of a 63 which included 11 birdies.
His fellow Swede Henrik Stenson also made the most of the more benign conditions, closing with a round of 65 to finish in a tie for 34th place and extend his lead over Graeme McDowell at the top of The Race to Dubai Rankings.
Check out some of the interesting and quirky numbers from the four days at Lake Malaren:
0 – The number of hats winner Gonzalo Fernandez- Castaño remembered to bring to China. Reckon his sponsor Cleveland will be happy?
3 – Holes where Francesco Molinari did not require his putter.
4 – Par 5 holes where Lee Westwood hit the green in two shots
10 – Shots higher in Fernandez- Castaño’s winning total than in 2012 when Peter Hanson prevailed
16 – Shots better off Peter Hanson was in his final round than in his first (63 vs 79)
25 – Eagles made over the four rounds at Lake Malaren – two of which came from Martin Kaymer on Sunday
29 – Miles to the next stop in the ‘Final Series’ – the Sheshan Golf Club – hosts of next week’s WGC-HSBC Champions
35 – One-putts sunk by Paul Casey…
81.9 – …the percentage of greens he also hit in regulation
317 – The average driving distance recorded by the Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts
851,346 – Euros Fernandez- Castaño banks for his seventh European Tour victory
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