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Julien Quesne wins his first European crown in Andalucia

AFP, ANDALUCIA, SPAIN

France’s Julien Quesne, the world No. 322, won the Andalucia Open on Sunday to claim his maiden European Tour title at the age of 31.

Quesne, who graduated from last season’s Challenge Tour, carded a final-round eight-under 64 for a four-round total of 17-under 271, winning the title by two shots from Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, who finished with a 68.

Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva, the second and third-round leader, finished in third place after a final-round 70, a round scarred by a bogey at 18.

“It’s the best day of my life,” said Quesne, whose previous best had been a tie for 16th at the 2010 Madrid Masters.

Quesne birdied four of the final five holes, his approach to 18 leaving him a five-foot putt which he holed as he closed with a course record-equaling 64.

“It’s not easy because you have Manassero, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal; they all played good, so I just tried to play shot after shot and do my best,” added the French player, who is the European Tour’s 400th different winner. “I knew that if I holed the putt at the last I’d have a good chance. I’m very happy. It’s very quick for me to win this year.”

Quesne birdied both par-fives on the front nine and hit birdie putts at the eighth and ninth to turn in 32.

After five consecutive pars he sunk a 12-footer at 14, rolled in a 15-footer at 15 and two-putted from 60 feet at 16.

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