Dredge falters on final hole, Sterne wins Wales Open

Dredge falters on final hole, Sterne wins Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Richard Sterne of South Africa made a 7-foot putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Wales Open after Bradley Dredge missed a 5-footer that would have forced a playoff.

Sterne (65) finished at 13-under 263 at the Roman Road course.

Dredge birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to be on the verge of becoming the first Welshman to win the tournament in its eight-year history, but he bogeyed the last after driving into a bunker.

Dredge (67), Mardan Mamat (62), Soren Kjeldsen (65) and Mads Vibe-Hastrup (66) were a shot back.

Mikko Ilonen (63) and Gary Murphy (66) were next at 11 under.

The 25-year-old Sterne, whose only previous European Tour victory was at the 2004 Madrid Open, finished third at last week’s BMW PGA Championship and fifth at two tournaments before that.

“It’s always difficult when you are knocking on the door and don’t win. The breakthrough means a lot,” Sterne said. “It was really bunched up today and I was not looking forward to a playoff with four or five guys. I don’t think I could have handled that.”

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