Jacquelin gets Shanghai redemption

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SHANGHAI, China – Raphael Jacquelin of France led from start to finish to win the Asian Open by two strokes Sunday for his second European Tour victory.

Jacquelin shot a 1-over 73 in the storm-affected final round to finish at 10 under for the tournament, co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. The win is redemption for last week's China Open, also in Shanghai, where Jacquelin seized the lead after the second round only to have it slip away.

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen finished second at 8 under after also shooting a 73 in the final round, while Australian Scott Hend (75) and Scotland's Simon Yates (74) were another shot back.

“It is a fantastic moment,” said Jacquelin, whose maiden tour victory came at the 2005 Open de Madrid in Spain after 238 tour starts. “When you are in a position to win it is always difficult to finish, but to be a winner you have to finish.”

Despite the start of the round being moved up to 6:30 a.m. to avoid a forecast thunderstorm, players still battled rain and fierce winds on the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club's reconfigured 7,326-yard course. Jacquelin was fortunate to start strongly before the wind and rain blew in, picking up three birdies on the front nine. With the changing weather playing havoc with his approaches, he made bogeys on four of the last six holes.

“We had a lot of chances on the front nine and that is what I did,” Jacquelin said. “Then the wind picked up and the rain, and it was tough. My shots were not so good, so I played for the good side of the green to try and save par.”

Still chasing his first win of the season, South African Ernie Els shot an even-par 72 to finish tied for fifth at 6 under. Els who won the tournament by 13 strokes in 2005, was undermined by the patchy putting that ruined his earlier rounds.

“I hit the ball from tee to green pretty well, but my putter let me down most of the week,” Els said.

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the BMW Asian Open, played April 22 at the par-72, 7,326-yard Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in Shanghai, China (Note: a-amateur; earnings in euros):

  1. Raphaël Jacquelin, 283,570 66-69-70-73--278 -10
    2. Søren Kjeldsen, 189,044 67-72-68-73--280 -8
    3. Simon Yates, 95,790 74-69-64-74--281 -7
    3. Scott Hend, 95,790 69-70-67-75--281 -7
    5. Markus Brier, 56,317 71-69-68-74--282 -6
    5. Sung-Man Lee, 56,317 68-70-71-73--282 -6
    5. Ernie Els, 56,317 71-71-68-72--282 -6
    5. Richard Sterne, 56,317 70-74-69-69--282 -6
    9. Graeme McDowell, 38,112 73-70-69-71--283 -5
    10. Kane Webber, 29,604 71-73-69-71--284 -4
    10. Andrew McLardy, 29,604 72-70-67-75--284 -4
    10. Miguel Angel Jiménez, 29,604 70-69-72-73--284 -4
    10. Simon Dyson, 29,604 70-70-70-74--284 -4
    10. Joakim Bäckström, 29,604 70-69-68-77--284 -4
    15. Peter O'Malley, 23,479 73-72-68-72--285 -3
    15. Retief Goosen, 23,479 71-74-69-71--285 -3
    15. Colin Montgomerie, 23,479 69-70-69-77--285 -3
    15. Scott Barr, 23,479 71-70-72-72--285 -3
    19. David Bransdon, 19,299 76-68-68-74--286 -2
    19. Prayad Marksaeng, 19,299 72-69-70-75--286 -2
    19. James Kingston, 19,299 74-71-71-70--286 -2
    19. Tony Carolan, 19,299 69-74-69-74--286 -2
    19. Søren Hansen, 19,299 71-70-67-78--286 -2
    19. Jason Knutzon, 19,299 75-70-70-71--286 -2
    19. Adam Blyth, 19,299 71-73-67-75--286 -2
    26. Christian Cévaër, 15,653 71-70-69-77--287 -1
    26. Garry Houston, 15,653 71-72-72-72--287 -1
    26. David Griffiths, 15,653 73-69-73-72--287 -1
    26. Robert-Jan Derksen, 15,653 74-72-69-72--287 -1
    26. Peter Hanson, 15,653 69-71-74-73--287 -1
    26. Matthew Millar, 15,653 73-70-71-73--287 -1
    26. Damien McGrane, 15,653 70-73-69-75--287 -1
    33. Grégory Havret, 12,973 68-75-72-73--288 E
    33. Andres Romero, 12,973 75-70-66-77--288 E
    33. Christian L. Nilsson, 12,973 71-73-73-71--288 E
    33. Shaun P. Webster, 12,973 72-74-70-72--288 E
    37. Mark Pilkington, 11,229 71-72-70-76--289 +1
    37. Frankie Minoza, 11,229 75-71-70-73--289 +1
    37. Wen-Chong Liang, 11,229 72-74-69-74--289 +1
    37. Keith Horne, 11,229 73-69-70-77--289 +1
    37. Jarmo Sandelin, 11,229 73-70-75-71--289 +1
    37. Brett Rumford, 11,229 75-69-75-70--289 +1
    43. Simon Wakefield, 9,868 72-70-72-76--290 +2
    43. Kyron Sullivan, 9,868 75-66-72-77--290 +2
    45. Ricardo Gonzalez, 8,847 72-73-72-74--291 +3
    45. Jean-François Lucquin, 8,847 71-74-71-75--291 +3
    45. Adam Le Vesconte, 8,847 72-71-72-76--291 +3
    45. Mardan Mamat, 8,847 72-73-73-73--291 +3
    49. Marcel Siem, 7,826 72-69-75-76--292 +4
    49. Juvic Pagunsan, 7,826 73-71-75-73--292 +4
    51. Yasin Ali, 6,805 74-72-71-76--293 +5
    51. Keng-Chi Lin, 6,805 73-71-72-77--293 +5
    51. Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño, 6,805 73-72-77-71--293 +5
    51. Gary Murphy, 6,805 74-72-66-81--293 +5
    55. Edward Loar, 5,614 70-75-74-75--294 +6
    55. Edward Michaels, 5,614 74-72-71-77--294 +6
    55. Stephen Gallacher, 5,614 72-73-74-75--294 +6
    58. Peter Lawrie, 4,934 75-71-72-77--295 +7
    58. Gaurav Ghei, 4,934 75-70-73-77--295 +7
    58. Marcus Both, 4,934 71-74-74-76--295 +7
    61. Chris Rodgers, 4,423 73-71-75-77--296 +8
    61. Wen-Tang Lin, 4,423 73-73-73-77--296 +8
    61. Thaworn Wiratchant, 4,423 72-73-74-77--296 +8
    64. Gavin Flint, 4,083 68-73-76-80--297 +9
    65. Jun-Won Park, 3,743 69-77-72-80--298 +10
    65. Simon Hurd, 3,743 74-72-74-78--298 +10
    65. Sven Strüver, 3,743 72-72-75-79--298 +10
    68. Wen-Hong Lin, 3,402 69-76-72-83--300 +12
    69. Lian-Wei Zhang, 3,232 73-73-78-77--301 +13

Missed the cut

  1. Jong-Yul Suk 71-76--147 +3
    71. Gary Rusnak 72-75--147 +3
    71. Unho Park 74-73--147 +3
    71. Terry Pilkadaris 75-72--147 +3
    71. Mikko Ilonen 74-73--147 +3
    71. a-Mu Hu 73-74--147 +3
    71. Rahil Gangjee 73-74--147 +3
    71. Marcus Fraser 74-73--147 +3
    71. Steven O'Hara 75-72--147 +3
    71. Chinarat Phadungsil 74-73--147 +3
    71. Oliver Fisher 75-72--147 +3
    71. Marcus Higley 72-75--147 +3
    71. Benn Barham 74-73--147 +3
    71. Brad Kennedy 74-73--147 +3
    71. Mahal Pearce 74-73--147 +3
    86. Anthony Kang 71-77--148 +4
    86. Gareth Davies 73-75--148 +4
    86. Stephen Dodd 73-75--148 +4
    86. Prom Meesawat 76-72--148 +4
    86. Scott Drummond 76-72--148 +4
    86. Thongchai Jaidee 76-72--148 +4
    86. Peter Fowler 73-75--148 +4
    86. Ter-Chang Wang 76-72--148 +4
    86. Craig Kamps 76-72--148 +4
    86. Andrew Marshall 75-73--148 +4
    86. Miles Tunnicliff 76-72--148 +4
    97. Wen-Teh Lu 76-73--149 +5
    97. Steven Jeppesen 78-71--149 +5
    97. Thomas Bjorn 77-72--149 +5
    97. Shiv Kapur 77-72--149 +5
    97. Airil Rizman 77-72--149 +5
    97. Bryan Saltus 73-76--149 +5
    97. Angelo Que 74-75--149 +5
    97. Thammanoon Srirot 79-70--149 +5
    97. Graeme Storm 79-70--149 +5
    106. Ted Oh 76-74--150 +6
    106. Gary Simpson 78-72--150 +6
    106. Maarten Lafeber 75-75--150 +6
    106. Ming-Jie Huang 73-77--150 +6
    106. Gary Emerson 75-75--150 +6
    106. Rafael Cabrera Bello 74-76--150 +6
    106. Adam Groom 77-73--150 +6
    106. Richard Lee 75-75--150 +6
    106. Christopher Hanell 76-74--150 +6
    106. S.S.P. Chowrasia 75-75--150 +6
    106. Shu-Tao Gu 77-73--150 +6
    106. Jose-Filipe Lima 72-78--150 +6
    106. Rick Gibson 77-73--150 +6
    119. Carlos Rodiles 75-76--151 +7
    119. Marc Warren 73-78--151 +7
    119. Zhi-Jin Xiao 76-75--151 +7
    119. Amandeep Johl 75-76--151 +7
    123. Chao Li 72-80--152 +8
    123. Wei-Huang Wu 74-78--152 +8
    123. Wook-Soon Kang 77-75--152 +8
    123. Anton Haig 77-75--152 +8
    123. Yong-Huan Huang 78-74--152 +8
    123. Johan Axgren 78-74--152 +8
    123. Chawalit Plaphol 75-77--152 +8
    130. Wen-Gen Deng 76-77--153 +9
    130. Ross Fisher 77-76--153 +9
    130. Chapchai Nirat 78-75--153 +9
    130. Joakim Haeggman 80-73--153 +9
    130. Scott Strange 76-77--153 +9
    130. a-Jian-Feng Ye 74-79--153 +9
    136. Clay Devers 74-80--154 +10
    136. Richard Finch 77-77--154 +10
    136. Barry Lane 77-77--154 +10
    136. Lei Shang 79-75--154 +10
    136. Henry Liaw 80-74--154 +10
    136. Wei-Chih Lu 80-74--154 +10
    142. Iain Steel 76-79--155 +11
    142. James Heath 73-82--155 +11
    142. John Daly 79-76--155 +11
    145. Danny Chia 77-79--156 +12
    145. Barry Hume 79-77--156 +12
    145. Mike Cunning 75-81--156 +12
    148. Tze-Chung Chen 77-80--157 +13
    148. Hendrik Buhrmann 80-77--157 +13
    150. Zhi-Feng Qiu 81-78--159 +15
    151. Gui-Ming Liao 79-81--160 +16
    152. Shao-Guang Zheng 82-79--161 +17
    153. Yong-Zong Tan 83-80--163 +19
    153. Lei Gao 77-86--163 +19
    155. Zeng-Fa Qi 80-84--164 +20
    WD. Paul Casey 72-71-77-WD
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