NH Collection Open: Marco Crespi holds his nerve for first Tour win

Last Updated: 06/04/14 10:00pm

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Marco Crespi celebrates at Sotogrande

Marco Crespi celebrates at Sotogrande

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Italian Marco Crespi claimed his maiden European Tour victory with a two-shot success in the NH Collection Open at Sotogrande in Spain.

The 35-year-old rookie shot a closing 69 to finish ahead of Spaniard Jordi Garcia Pinto and Scotland's Richie Ramsay.

Final leaderboard

GB & Ire unless stated
-10 M Crespi (Ita)
-8 J Garcia Pinto (Spn)
-8 M Warren
-7 F Aguilar (Chi)
-7 M Nixon
Click here for final collated scores

Crespi is playing on the full tour for the first time this season after finally winning his European Tour card in his 11th attempt at the Qualifying School in 2013.

Playing in just his 25th European Tour event, Crespi had five birdies and a pair of bogeys on the final day.

Chilean Felipe Aguilar and overnight leader Matthew Nixon from England finished three shots back.

Crespi stumbled with back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, but he responded with a birdie on the 14th before making par down the stretch to claim the inaugural title at the new event and the 100,000 Euros first prize.

"I started very well today," said Crespi. "I birdied the first and that gave me the confidence to go low. I just had to manage my pressure on the back nine."

Although Crespi has won twice on the second tier Challenge Tour, his previous best finish on the main Tour was fourth at the South African Open earlier this year.

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