Alfred Dunhill Wrap

Spain's Pablo Martin today won his third European Tour event and in doing so successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship when he won the first event of the 2011 season by two shots over Charl Schwartzel, Anthony Michael and Thorbjorn Olesen.

The event was played at the Leopard Creek Country club in Malelane in South Africa.

Three years ago Martin became the only amateur to win on the European Tour to that point when winning the Estoril Open de Portugal although two years later that performance was equalled by New Zealand's Danny Lee when he won the Johnnie Walker Championship in Perth.

Martin had made such a good start to his final round that he was afforded the luxury of a triple bogey at his 71st hole and yet still won by two.

Joint runner-up Olesen looks a player of some promise. The 20 year old finished 3rd on this year's Challenge Tour money list and in his first start with a European card he went close to winning. His last round of 66 augurs well for his capacity to handle the heat of the battle.

Only three Australasians played the event with New Zealander mark Brown the only one to make the cut. He finished 61st while for Daniel Gaunt and Matthew Zions, both recent recruits to the European Tour from the Challenge Tour, they have missed the cut.

The European Tour continues its South African odyssey this week when it plays the South African Open in Durban.

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