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Strange swoops for China Open title

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  • Australian Scott Strange snatches a one-shot victory at China Open in Beijing
  • Final round of 68 saw Strange shade Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano by one shot
  • Overnight leader Richard Finch from England finished with share of third place
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(CNN) -- Australian Scott Strange snatched a one-stroke victory at the European Tour China Open in Beijing on Sunday when a late birdie burst saw him fire his best-of-the-week 68 for a 280 total.

Scott Strange celebrates with the trophy after his one-shot victory at the China Open.

Scott Strange celebrates with the trophy after his one-shot victory at the China Open.

He started the day four strokes adrift of overnight leader Richard Finch whose final round of 74 saw him slip to a share of third behind Spanish runner-up Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Strange moved into contention with birdies at the fifth and eighth and added more at the 14th, 15th and 17th to end at eight-under-par for the event.

"I didn't tear the course apart but I played it the best way I could and produced a score which ended up winning," he told PA Sport.

"I had a peek on the board on 12 and I knew there was a log jam there. I didn't really know if I'd won when I holed that putt at the last."

Finch was philosophical after seeing victory slip from his grasp. "I'm a little disappointed, obviously 74's not the final round I was looking for..... you've just got to take it on the chin so that's that."

Strange sealed his win with a solid par at the last to shade Fernandez-Castano who shot a final round of 72 having ended the third day one shot behind Finch.

Finch endured a tough front nine, posting three bogeys as he went out in 38. A birdie at the 10th reignited his challenge but further opportunities went begging as Strange eventually took charge.

Fernandez-Castano, playing alongside Finch, birdied the last to finish level for the day and claim second on his own.

Australian Ashley Hall and New Zealander Mark Brown, who both broke the course record on Saturday, carded 71 and 69 respectively to tie for third alongside Finch.

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