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Newz Forum: GOLF: Lima claims Aa Saint Omer Open

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posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 04:53 PM
Lumbres, France (AP) - Philippe Lima posted a five-under 66 on Sunday and won the Aa Saint Omer Open when Alessandro Tadini bogeyed the 72nd hole. Lima ended the event at five-under-par 279 for his first European Tour crown.

"This has changed my life, it is hard to take in at the moment, but I know for sure that my life is changing," said Lima, who picked up a European Challenge Tour win last week. "It has been an unbelievable two weeks for me, firstly with my victory in Spain last week, and then to win here is just a dream come true for me."

"I don't know what my schedule will be like now, I just haven't had time to think about it, but now I will definitely go to the Open de France and play on the European Tour, who knows, it could be three wins in a row."

Tadini's closing bogey dropped him to four-under-par 280, after a final round 69. David J. Geall, one of six leaders after the third round, posted an even- par 71 to end the tournament at three-under-par 281. Simon Dyson, James Hepworth, Iain Pyman and Carl Suneson finished one stroke further back at minus-two. Lima posted three straight rounds of even-par 71 to enter the final round in a tie for eighth. He was steady to start with three straight pars to begin his round.

The 22-year-old then birdied the par-three fourth. Lima came back with consecutive birdies from the sixth to get to three-under. The Frenchman then birdied the ninth for the third time in four rounds to move to minus-four. Lima then ran off three straight pars from the 10th on the Val Course at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club. He stumbled to his lone bogey at the par-four 13th. Lima came right back to birdie the 14th for the fourth time in four rounds.

Lima then picked up a birdie at the 16th to get to five-under. He parred the final two holes and had to watch Tadini, who he was tied with, finish.

Tadini stumbled to a three-putt bogey from 40 feet out at the last to drop one shot behind Lima. The bogey cost Tadini a chance at his first European Tour crown.

"Obviously I am disappointed to have missed the putt on 18, but I think that the money I have won here, and at the start of the year in Costa Rica will bring me close to securing a place on the European Tour next year as one of the top-15 Challenge Tour players," Tadini said.

Tadini began the day at minus-two. He started quickly with birdies at each of his first two holes, then parred the next six holes to remain steady at minus- four.

The Italian birdied the par-five ninth for the third straight day to get to minus-five and take the lead. Tadini looked as though he would remain there to force a playoff as he parred eight consecutive holes from the 10th.

Massimo Florioli and Jean-Francois Lucquin, who held a share of the lead entering the final round, each struggled to rounds of three-over 74. They ended the event at even-par 284, where they were joined by Johan Skold (71).

Didier de Vooght, Sebastien Delagrange, Jamie Little, Pasi Purhonen and Murray Urquhart ended one stroke further back at one-over-par 285.


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