England's Lee Westwood won the Valle Romano Andalucia Open Sunday, his first victory in nearly four years on the European PGA Tour.
Westwood, who has now won 17 times on tour, closed the tournament with a 5-under-par 67, finishing at 20-under-par, two strokes better than Phillip Archer and Fredrik Andersson.
"It's great to win again, although it looked like it might be a lot easier than I made it in the end," Westwood told reporters. "I never really thought about going so long without a win. I've still been playing pretty well and I knew that winning is fickle, sometimes you just don't get across the line first."
Westwood did make things interesting, though. With eight holes to play, the Englishman found himself with a five stroke lead on the rest of the field. But then he bogeyed the par-4 11th, the par-3 13th and the par-4 15th, dropping three strokes on his home stretch. Archer and Andersson Hed eagled the par-5 16th to draw closer.
But Westwood was able to close them out with a birdie on 16 and a par 4 on the 18th.
"Winning was very important. It wouldn't have felt good coming off with second or third after getting in such a good position," Westwood said.
"I won so often in the late 90s that if I had a spell where I didn't win, people were always going to highlight it and get on my case about it," he said. "But I was never going to get on my own case."
Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, a winner last week in Milan, finished with a share of seventh place.
May 14, 2007
With stellar play on the back nine at Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington shot a 69 in the final round to earn a four-shot victory and become Europe's first back-to-back British Open champion in more than a century. He earned nearly $1.5 million and climbed to No. 3 in the world rankings. "I'm really thrilled with the way I felt today on the golf course," Harrington said. "I hit the ball as pure as I could and just felt really good."
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