Fernandez-Castano wins BMW Masters

2013 10 Gonzalo Fernandez Castano


Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano carded a stunning final round 68 to take the BMW Masters title with a total of 11-under-par as overnight leaders Luke Guthrie and Rafael Cabrera-Bello fell away.


The Spaniard survived a late wobble – finding two bunkers at the 18th en route to a double bogey six – to finish the tournament with a one shot margin of victory in the opening event of the European Tour's Final Series.

Fernandez-Castano's nearest challengers at Lake Malaren were his Seve Trophy team-mate Francesco Molinari and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, with the Italian having started the final day six shots off the pace.
On the last I played too conservative and it was a fighting six at the end for sure.

Molinari’s chances looked to have disappeared when he bogeyed the 12th, but a run of brilliant scoring that included an eagle and four birdies meant he joined Fernandez-Castano on 10-under par with a superb 64.

However, Fernandez-Castano edged back into the lead with a birdie on the 13th and looked to have sealed a comfortable win with further birdies at the 15th and 17th where he chipped in from just over the green.

Fernandez-Castano made hard work the last but was able to complete his first victory since last year’s Open d’Italia.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy round, especially the way I started,” said Fernandez-Castano. “I started hitting the ball pretty bad 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.

“It’s pretty much like playing at home and it’s also great to see the crowds this week. I think they have been pretty amazing.”

Scottish interest peaked at the conclusion of the third round as Scott Jamieson and Craig Lee sat in a tie for fifth place after 54-holes although neither was able to capitalise on the situation finishing in ties for eighth and 17th place respectively.

Fernandez-Castano remains in China for WGC-HSBC Champions


The European Tour’s Final Series remains in China for next week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, before heading to Turkey and then Dubai, where the top 60 will compete for the DP World Tour Championship.

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