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European Tour Article
Canarias Open de Espaa

Cvar Triumphs in Fuerteventura

34 year old Christian Cvar claimed his debut European Tour victory at the weekend by one shot from the three players in the final group, none of whom managed to find the birdie they needed to force a playoff at the end of a round of changing fortunes. Cvar posted a 69 which included five bogeys, two birdies and two eagle-twos, on the 1st and 16th holes, to secure the title with a nine under par total of 271. "I am really happy that my perserverance has paid off." he said after his victory and added, "I just want to dedicate this win to my father for his belief in me and allowing me to pursue my passion for golf since the age of 14."

Christian Cvar.
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Ricardo Gonzalez.
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Just minutes after Cvar holed his 53 yard lob wedge for eagle on the 16th hole, long-time final round leader Ricardo Gonzalez drove out of bounds from the 16th tee and took a double bogey after three putting on what turned out to be the pivotal green of the tournament. His 64 on Saturday had put him just one stroke off lead at start of play and for much of the day it looked like he would be the first back-to-back winner on the European Tour International Schedule since Vijay Singh's consecutive 2001 victories in Malaysia and Singapore.
In the end, Argentinian Gonzalez, who won last week's Open de Sevilla, shot a 71 and had to settle for a share of the runner-up spot on 272 with Sweden's Peter Hedblom and Welshman David Park. Park had led the field for the first three days but dropped a shot on the 1st then took double bogey on the par three 4th hole. He became distracted by thoughts that he may have incurred a penalty in the greenside bunker on the 4th hole and dropped three more shots on the front nine before getting a ruling that no penalty had been incurred. He went on to recover well with three birdies on the back nine and finished with an 18 foot putt to save par on the last hole for a round of 72.

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The other member of the final group, Peter Hedblom, shot a par 70 on Sunday which included three birdies and three bogeys. This is the second consecutive year that he has finished runner-up in this event having lost in a playoff to Kenneth Ferrie last year when the tournament was held at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife. Fellow Swede, Jarmo Sandelin shot 66, the best round of the final day, to finish tied for fifth place with Welshman Bradley Dredge on seven under par 273 for the week.

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