Ryder Cuppers star at European Masters

The stocks of the European Ryder Cup side were further lifted by the performance this week of the only two Ryder Cup players in the field at the Omega European Masters.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who has previously played well in Crans Sur Sierre without actually winning, held off a determined challenge from his fellow team member, Edoardo Molinari, to claim his third event of the 2010 European Tour season. Jimenez won by three but for a brief period on the final day it appeared it would develop into a real duel.

Starting the final round with a three shot lead, Jimenez appeared to be cruising to victory when he picked up four birdies before the turn and led by six. A concerted effort by Molinari in the middle of the back nine set off a five shot swing in the space of four holes and all of a sudden the difference was just one.

A bogey at the par three 16th however would prove costly for last week's Johnnie Walker Championship winner and when Jimenez birdied the 17th the three shot margin starting the day had been restored.

Molinari's fellow countryman, the 17 year old Matteo Manassero, further emphasised what an amazing future he must surely have when he recovered from an early double bogey to finish alone in third position.

Manassero, the youngest player to ever make the cut at the Masters earlier this year, has not missed a cut in the ten events he has played since turning professional at the Italian Open soon after Augusta National.

Yet another of the outstanding talents in world golf, Noh Seung-yul, also recovered from a slow start to his day with a round of 67 to finish in outright fourth position in this event co-sanctioned with his home tour, the Asian Tour.

Australian Brett Rumford, a former winner of the event, put together a last round of 64 to lead the Australians in 13th position. Marcus Fraser was 15th, Peter O'Malley was 38th, Rick Kulacz and Adam Blyth were 44th and Scott Strange 71st.

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