Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golf: SWEDEN'S Niclas Fasth

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golf: SWEDEN'S Niclas Fasth

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SWEDEN'S Niclas Fasth ended the home nation's dominance of the Mallorca Classic to complete his own Spanish double yesterday.

Fasth, who won the Spanish Open at San Roque in April, carded a final round of 68 for a five-under-par total of 275 at Pula Golf Club, one of just four players to finish under par.

Pre-tournament favourite Sergio Garcia, first and second in the event in the last two years, was second after a closing 68 completed despite a brief invasion of the 18th green by two protesters, campaigning against the building of more golf courses on the island, as he stood over his second shot.

Scotland's Marc Warren and Spain's Jose Manuel Lara were the only other players in red figures on one under, while Ireland's Gary Murphy - joint leader with Fasth overnight - slumped to a 76 to finish in joint 13th at three over.

"I've had a somewhat average summer but felt the game was coming together again," Fasth said. "I've been having more fun and relaxing more and it's fantastic to win. …

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