Richard Finch captures the Irish Open

May 18, 2008 at 1:59 PM
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LIMERICK, Ireland, May 18 (UPI) -- Richard Finch managed a 2-under-par 70 Sunday to capture the Irish Open golf tournament in Limerick, Ireland, by two strokes over Felipe Aguilar.

The Englishman's 72-hole total was 10-under 278. He started the round one-stroke back of compatriot Bradley Dredge, the overnight leader.

Finch bogeyed the fourth but then went out to a four-stroke lead with a six-foot birdie putt at No. 15 and held on to get his second win on the European Tour.

"It hasn't sunk in yet really," Finch said. "I'm delighted with how I played all day. I'm really pleased with how I was mentally. I tried to keep going forward this time. I was a lot more in control this time."

Aguilar, from Chile, finished at 8-under 280 after also shooting a closing 2-under 70.

Sweden's Robert Karlsson (71), Holland's Maarten Lafeber (67), Gary Murphy (69) of Ireland and England's Lee Westwood (72) shared third place at 7-under 281.

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