BMW Masters: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano holds on to win after late bout of nerves
Last Updated: 27/10/13 11:49am
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: Struggled late on but came through to win
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano battled through a shaky finish to claim a one-shot win in the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
The Spaniard carded a final round of 68 to complete the success and his margin of victory would have been even greater if it was not for a double-bogey at the last hole.
Fernandez-Castano finished the competition on 11 under par, one shot ahead of Francesco Molinari and Thongchai Jaidee, who surged into contention with final rounds of 64 and 66 respectievly.
Overnight leaders Luke Guthrie and Rafael Carbrera-Bello faded on Sunday, unable to respond to the spectacular scoring from those who started further down the leaderboard.
(UK & Ire unless stated)
-11 G Fernandez-Castano (Spa)
-10 F Molinari (Ita)
-10 T Jaidee (Tha)
-9 L Guthrie (Usa)
-8 T Bjorn (Den)
-8 P Uihlein (Usa)
-8 P Larrazabal (Spa)
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Molinari was six shots off the pace at the start of the day and despite a front nine of 34, his chances looked to have disappeared with a bogey on the 12th.
However, the Ryder Cup star then went on a brilliant scoring run, making an eagle on the par-five 13th and following that with four birdies in succession to temporarily join Fernandez-Castano on 10 under.
Fernandez-Castano edged back into the lead with a birdie on the 13th before picking up further shots at the 15th and 17th.
His chip in at the 17th looked to have merely put the icing on the cake, but instead it proved to be the decisive shot following a nervy last hole.
He found sand off the tee on the 18th and hit another bunker with his third shot before finally gathering himself to complete his first victory since last year's Italian Open.
"I knew it wasn't going to be an easy round, especially the way I started. I started hitting the ball pretty bad," Fernandez-Castano told Sky Sports.
"But my caddie kept me cool and told me how good I had been hitting the ball through the week and I played fantastic after that. On the last I played too conservative and it was a fighting six at the end for sure."
Guthrie finished two shots behind on nine under after a closing 71 with Thomas Bjorn, Peter Uihlein and Pablo Larrazabal a shot further back.
Paul Casey was the leading Brit after finishing in a tie for eighth on seven under, while Rory McIlroy finished back in 27th after a final round of 73.
Defending champion Peter Hanson also finished seven under after a superb closing 63, the Swede having started the tournament - which does not have a halfway cut - with a round of 79.