• Sicilian Open, Round Four

Jacquelin holds nerve to overcome Wall

ESPN staff
March 21, 2011
Raphael Jacquelin was triumphant over Anthony Wall after a Monday finish in Sicily © Getty Images


Raphael Jacquelin kept his cool over the final holes of the Sicilian Open to shoot 68 and clinch victory in a Monday finish.

After storm warnings kept players off the course for nearly three hours on Sunday, Jacquelin carried a one-shot advantage into his final six holes of the tournament - and that was all the headstart needed as the Frenchman made par on the 18th to secure victory over Anthony Wall with a 12-under par total.

In what was effectively a sprint finish between the two frontrunners, a double-bogey on the 17th for Wall ultimately scuppered his chances of a first European Tour title in 11 years. That gave Jacquelin a two-shot advantage heading up the last, and even a bounceback birdie from Wall proved inconsequential as the 36-year-old made no mistake to secure the title.

Both men had started the morning well, with Wall catching his rival with a birdie on their first hole of the day, the 13th. But Jacquelin restored his advantage at the very next, before Wall made things interesting over the final two holes as he birdied the 16th. But the Londoner blinked first, and his six on the penultimate par-four ultimately decided the issue.

Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara had to settle for a share of third with Joel Sjoholm - who was one of the many players to finish their tournament on Sunday - after a painful double-bogey on the 18th, a hole he struggled with all week, left him seven-under for the event.

He was not the only player to rue the final hole at the Donnafugata Golf Resort, as England's Jamie Elson picked up a bogey of his own that would deny him fifth alone. As it was he had to settle for a tie with eight other players - including Simon Dyson and Peter Whiteford - that will cost him a sizeable amount in prize money.

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