Australian Zions wins Saint-Omer Open

Matthew Zions of Australia, kisses his trophy after winning the Golf Open in Saint Omer, western France, Sunday, June 19, 2011. Zions shot a 2-under 69 to win his first European Tour title Sunday at the Saint-Omer Open.

SAINT-OMER, France — Matthew Zions of Australia shot a 2-under 69 to win his first European Tour title Sunday at the Saint-Omer Open.

The overnight leader made four birdies and two bogeys for an 8-under 276 total to finish seven strokes ahead of Daniel Denison of England, who shared second place with Peter Gustafsson of Sweden and Craig Lee of Scotland.

Zions was a runner-up at last year's Karnten Golf Open on the Challenge Tour, and his previous best result on the European Tour was a ninth-place finish at the 2007 New Zealand Open.

Zions was briefly under pressure from Andrea Perrino of Italy, who made two birdies to pull within three shots of the lead. But the Italian had three consecutive bogeys after the turn to slip to fifth place, tied with six other players at 284.

Zions got some breathing room by making three birdies in a four-hole span to increase his lead to six shots after No. 11.

The 32-year-old Australian won by the biggest margin at this tournament. Christian Nilsson of Sweden had clinched the title by six strokes in 2009.

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