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Golf: McDowell wins French Open in style as Sterne collapses

Graeme McDowell produced a final round four-under-par 67 to lead home the field by four strokes and become the first Northern Irishman to win the French Open on a thrilling final day at Le Golf National on Sunday. The 2010 US Open winner finished the tournament with a nine-under-par total of 275 as an initially tense final round eventually became a one man show with McDowell cantering home to pick up a winner's cheque of 500,000 euros.

Golf: McDowell wins French Open in style as Sterne collapses

Graeme McDowell produced a final round four-under-par 67 to lead home the field by four strokes and become the first Northern Irishman to win the French Open on a thrilling final day at Le Golf National on Sunday. The 2010 US Open winner finished the tournament with a nine-under-par total of 275 as an initially tense final round eventually became a one man show with McDowell cantering home to pick up a winner's cheque of 500,000 euros.

Golf: Sterne cruises to Joburg Open title

South African Richard Sterne cruised to a seven-stroke victory over former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel Sunday in the Joburg Open. Sterne, runner-up behind Stephen Gallacher of Scotland in the Dubai Desert Classic last weekend, fired an eight-under final-round 64 for a total of 260 in overcast conditions at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Pre-tournament favourite Schwartzel, who won the Joburg Open in 2010 and 2011 before relinquishing the title to Branden Grace last year, finished with a 66 for a 267 total over the 6942-metre course.

Golf: Sterne cruises to Joburg Open title

South African Richard Sterne cruised to a seven-stroke victory over former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel Sunday in the Joburg Open. Sterne, runner-up behind Stephen Gallacher of Scotland in the Dubai Desert Classic last weekend, fired an eight-under final-round 64 for a total of 260 in overcast conditions at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Pre-tournament favourite Schwartzel, who won the Joburg Open in 2010 and 2011 before relinquishing the title to Branden Grace last year, finished with a 66 for a 267 total over the 6942-metre course.

Golf-Sterne coasts to comfortable Joburg Open win

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - South African Richard Sterne took charge of Sunday's fourth round to coast to victory in the Joburg Open, his first win on golf's European Tour since 2008. Sterne carded an eight-under-par 64 for a tournament total of 260, seven shots ahead of second-placed Charl Schwartzel. After finishing second in the Dubai Desert Classic last weekend, Sterne got his reward for some consistent golf that featured just one dropped shot in his four rounds at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Golf-Sterne stays one clear in Dubai as Westwood loses ground

DUBAI, Feb 1 (Reuters) - South Africa's Richard Sterne maintained his one-shot advantage at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday with a birdie on the 18th as world number eight Lee Westwood slipped six shots back. Five-times European Tour winner Sterne, who carded a two-under-par 70 for a halfway total of 132 (12-under), found the going a great deal tougher in the swirling winds than when he opened with 10 birdies in a flawless round on Thursday.
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