Siem seals French Open win
July 08, 2012 17:01:58 UK
Marcel Siem picked up his second European Tour title win after coming out on top by one shot at the French Open.
Francesco Molinari's final round 64 was good enough to secure him second spot.
The 31-year-old German, whose previous success came in the 2004 Dunhill Championship, fired birdies at three, six and nine and added two more at 14 and 15 to finish his final round on four-under 67 for a winning total of eight-under 276.
Italian Francesco Molinari stormed into contention, after recovering from a double bogey at the first hole, with a very impressive final round of 64 but had to settle for second place at Le Golf National near Paris.
Raphael Jacquelin took third place on six-under in his home event, while overnight leader David Howell finished tied fourth with fellow Englishman Ian Poulter and David Lynn.
Howell hit two bogeys in the opening three holes and could only muster one birdie in his round, while Poulter slipped from seven-under to five-under with back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes.
Anders Hansen, who was joint overnight leader with Howell, dropped to five-under with a final round 75, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson was another who fell late on as he slipped to four under for the tournament with a costly triple bogey after finding water at the last.
Lee Westwood could only manage a five over after carding a 70 on Sunday as he managed to compete despite suffering an injury scare on Saturday when he slipped walking to the first tee.
Westwood will hope to be fully fit was he bids to pick up his first Major crown at the Open Championship, which will be held at Royal Lytham & St Annes between 19th July to 22nd July.
Westwood is 15.00 to break his duck, with Rory McIlroy 17.00 to win his first Open, while Luke Donald is 17.00 to claim a first Major title.
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