Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño produced a superb display in Shanghai to win his seventh European Tour title at the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group, the first event of the Final Series.
Fernandez-Castaño’s closing round of 68 gave him an 11 under par aggregate winning total at Lake Malaren Golf Club, finishing one shot ahead of Seve Trophy team-mate Francesco Molinari – who started the day six shots off the pace – and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
The Spaniard endured a wobble at the final hole, where he found two bunkers en route to a double bogey six, but his earlier exploits had given him enough of a cushion to capture his third BMW-sponsored event, following victory in last year’s Italian Open and the 2006 Asian Open.
He said: “It’s the first event of the first ever Final Series and I got the victory, so it doesn’t get any better than that.
“This win has come along at just the right time – I wasn’t in the HSBC next week, and also it’s perfect timing because it’s The Ryder Cup qualification period right now.
“There’s never a bad time for a victory, but this has been just perfect.
“It seems that I always play well at this event – it’s probably the whole atmosphere. BMW is one of the great supporters of The European Tour through the years, they know how to run events and they make the players feel so comfortable.
“And it was great to see the crowds this week, they have been pretty amazing. They were definitely bigger than in previous years, and that just shows that golf is growing here in China.
“There’s so much potential, and the country has a very bright future ahead.”
Joint overnight leader Luke Guthrie of America finished in fourth place on nine under par after closing with a 71.
Shane Lowry was the best of the Irish contingent finishing on two under par, one ahead of Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington.
Graeme McDowell finished well down the leaderboard on six over par.