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Lara beats Lynn in Austrian Open playoff

Jose Manuel Lara secured his European Tour card with his second career victory in the Austrian Open.
Jose Manuel Lara secured his European Tour card with his second career victory in the Austrian Open.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jose Manuel Lara claims the second European Tour title of his career
  • The Spaniard defeats David Lynn in a playoff at the end of the Austrian Open
  • Lara, 33, adds the Austrian Open to his success in the 2007 Hong Kong Open
  • European Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell finishes in a tie for third position

(CNN) -- Spain's Jose Manuel Lara claimed only the second European Tour title of his career with victory over Englishman David Lynn in a playoff at the end of the Austrian Open in Atzenbrugg.

The 33-year-old, the winner of the 2007 Hong Kong Open, carded a best-of-the-day eight-under-par 64 to finish on 271 (-17), level with joint overnight leader Lynn -- who posted a 68 for his final 18 holes.

The pair finished three strokes clear of Sweden's Alexander Noren, England's Danny Willet, who led with Lynn after the third round before falling away with a 71, and European Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell (69).

However, on the first extra hole, Lynn needed three shots to find the green and Lara was abe to putt out for a par to seal victory -- and secure his European Tour card for 2011 in the process.

I was expecting something good. I was hitting the ball really well last week.
--Jose Manuel Lara
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Lara had missed nine cuts in a row before his fourth-place finish at last week's KLM Dutch Open and he carried that form over into this week's event.

"I was expecting something good. I was hitting the ball really well last week," Lara told the official European Tour website after his win.

"I wanted to win this tournament and the way I played this week, in my best dreams, I never imagined that."

Lynn's runner-up performance ensured he kept up an impressive record of finishing inside the top 100 on the Race To Dubai for an 11th consecutive season.

"Second place is a good finish so I can take heart from that and I've played some great golf this week. It's just disappointing it hasn't come off in the end," said the 36-year-old.