Newport - Dutchman Joost Luiten has won the Wales Open by one shot on Sunday, as he
overcame a dreadful start and a nervous finish, to edge Englishman
Tommy Fleetwood and Ireland's Shane Lowry at Celtic Manor.
final build-up tournament before the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday,
Luiten picked up his fourth European Tour victory with a 72-hole tally
of 14 under par.
Fleetwood was six under over his last five
holes, including a magnificent eagle at the par four 15th to finish with
a four under par 67 and a share of second place with Lowry, who birdied
the final hole with a shot from a greenside bunker.
"It was tough, it was hard work down the last," said Luiten
didn't have the start I wanted with two bogeys and I just tried to hang
in there and wait for my chances and made some nice birdies at the end
and a par down the last was luckily enough.
Ryder Cup debutant
Jamie Donaldson, birdied the last as the Welshman completed a 67 to
finish 12 under par and a tie for fourth alongside Belgian Nicolas
Colsaerts, England's Eddie Pepperell, Scotland's Marc Warren and Edoardo
Molinari of Italy.
Luiten came to the 18th tee with his one shot
lead intact but a wild drive into the rough and a second shot that flew
across the fairway left him with a delicate approach from deep grass.
world number 48 found the edge of the green with a fine third shot and
then got down with two putts from 70 feet on the par five finale to
pocket the winner's cheque.
Ryder Cup bound Thomas Bjorn and Lee
Westwood completed their last competitive rounds before next week's
contest at Gleneagles, Bjorn shooting a 74 to finish one over par and
Westwood struggling to a 76 and a score of two over for the tournament.
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, the fourth Ryder Cup player in the field, missed the cut.
nervous start from Luiten, the overnight leader, threw the tournament
wide open when he three-putted his opening hole before also bogeying the
second to immediately drop two shots.
"You just try to settle
down the first couple holes, and after that, I got back into my game. I
started to hit greens, and I just didn't really make any putts in the
middle part -- luckily we made a couple at the back," said the champion.
28-year-old held onto a share of the lead until Warren carded his
fourth birdie of the day on the 11th to move to 13 under par, one ahead
of Luiten, France's Gregory Havret and Molinari.
Luiten edged back
in front when he two-putted the par-five 11th from long range for his
first birdie of the day, and his two-shot overnight cushion was back in
place when he holed from six feet for birdie on the next.
had set the clubhouse target on 12 under par after a closing 67, but
the former Ryder Cup player was annoyed not to have birdied the par-five
18th, a hole he had eagled on the first two days.
joined in the clubhouse lead by Donaldson, who birdied the last to
complete a 67 and finish 12 under par, before Luiten composed himself to
go back in front and close out the victory.