Molinari storms to Seville title
Third-round leader Dyson endures nightmare day
Last Updated: 06/05/12 5:28pm
Francesco Molinari: superb closing round
Italian Francesco Molinari shot a best-of-the-week round of 65 to claim a three-shot victory in the Spanish Open.
The Ryder Cup star had seven birdies in his first 14 holes to surge clear of the field in Seville and four closing pars saw the 29-year-old to the title and a first prize of more than £271,000.
He finished three clear of Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Spaniards Pablo Larrazabal and Alejandro Canizares.
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-8 F Molinari (Ita)
-5 A Canizares (Spn)
-5 P Larrazabal (Spn)
-5 S Kjeldsen (Den)
-3 J Campillo (Spn)
-3 T Olesen (Den)
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Yorkshireman Simon Dyson led by a shot overnight but after birdieing the first two holes, he slumped to a 76 to finish tied 12th.
Molinari was ranked 14th in the world when he beat Lee Westwood at the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai nearly 18 months ago, but this was his first success since then.
"I knew I was playing well. I just needed some putts to drop," said the
29-year-old, who moves back into the world's top 30 as he heads back across the Atlantic for this week's Players Championship.
"I was also hoping the other guys would not go too far under par and everything worked out perfectly."
He is still not in a qualifying position for this year's Ryder Cup, but added: "I just have to play the same golf a few more weeks and hopefully I will be there.
"Everybody is desperate to make the team, but unfortunately for us there are only 12 spots.
"It's going to be hard - there are a lot of great players in Europe at the moment."