Slattery wins Madrid despite rough finish

Oct. 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM   |   Comments

ALCALA DE HENARES, Spain, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Lee Slattery faltered on the final hole Sunday but was still able to hang on for his first career European Tour victory at the Madrid Masters.

Slattery double-bogeyed the final hole but managed to finish with a 1-under 71, good for final tally of 15-under 273 and a one-stroke win over Lorenzo Gagli.

The Briton put his third shot on No. 18 into a water hazard off the green at El Encin Golf Hotel. He chipped to about 11 feet with his fifth and then two-putted for a narrow victory.

Gagli (70) could have forced a playoff but came up short on a birdie putt, ending at 14-under 272.

Cesar Monasterio, who held the lead for a time Sunday, posted three bogeys on the back nine and tumbled to 1-under 71, good for a third-place tie with Eduardo de la Riva (70) at minus-12.

Defending champ and world No. 1 Luke Donald registered an even-par 72, ending in a tie for 11th at 8-under 280.

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