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Olesen holds off Wood to win Sicilian Open

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Thorbjorn Olesen shot a final-round 69 to win by one shot.

SCIACCA, Sicily (AP) - Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a 69 to win the Sicilian Open by 1 shot on Sunday, holding off England's Chris Wood who equaled the course record with an 8-under 64 on Sunday.

Olesen made six birdies to finish with an overall 15-under 273 at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort for his first career victory on the European Tour.

Wood picked up five shots in his first five holes - including an eagle on the par-5 fourth - and tied for the lead when Olesen bogeyed after hitting a wild approach shot to the 13th green.

But the 22-year-old Olesen, who led by three shots overnight, recovered with a birdie on No. 14 and finished with four straight pars.

Former PGA Championship winner Rich Beem finished tied at 11th, along with John Daly and six others.

``I played solid all day and I'm happy with that,'' Beem said. ``It really felt good to play well again.''

It was the first time in four events that Beem has made the cut on the European Tour.


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