Fernandez-Castaño takes European Tour’s first final series event

Gonzalo Fernandez Casta 595

SPAIN’S Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño produced a stunning final round to win the first Final Series event on The Race to Dubai at the 2013 BMW Masters in China on the weekend.

The Spaniard survived a late wobble at the last – he found two bunkers en route to a double bogey six, but 17 holes of flawless ball striking had given him sufficient room to claim a seventh European Tour title with a closing 68 and 11 under par total.

That was one shot ahead of Seve Trophy team-mate Francesco Molinari (64) and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (66), the Italian coming from six shots off the pace at the start of the day.

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

Marcus Fraser (69) was leading Aussie, finishing 6-under in outright 12th while Brett Rumford (67) finished on 4-under tied for 15th.

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

BMW Masters Final Results
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