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Golf Australia Express : Issue 28
EVER HEARD of Julien Quesne? Neither had we until Sunday when the world No.322 won his maiden European Tour title---the Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol. The Frenchman produced the round of his life, saying goodbye as he leapt past the leaders on Day 4 at Aloha Golf Club. The 31-year-old, who graduated from last season's Challenge Tour, shot a blistering 8-under 64 to equal the course record around the Spanish track to finish the event in style with four birdies in the final five holes. "It's the best day of my life," Quesne said, becoming the 400th individual European Tour winner. "It's not easy because you have Matteo Manassero, Miguel [Angel Jiménez], Pablo Larrazábal; they all played good so I just tried to play shot after shot and do my best. "I knew that if I holed the putt at the last I'd have a good chance. "I'm very happy. It's very quick for me to win this year." Italian teenager Manassero and local overnight leader Eduardo De La Riva were unable to catch Quesne's 17-under total. Manassero finished two back in outright second after a solid final round 4-under 68, while De La Riva finished a shot further back after a costly bogey at the last. Quesne earned his biggest paycheck, taking home €166,660 and jumped 139 places to world No.183. OTG QUESNE ANSWERS AT ALOHA Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol Aloha Golf Club, Andalucia, Spain "It's the best day of my life. I knew that if I holed the putt at the last I'd have a good chance." FINAL STANDINGS 1 JULIEN QUESNE FRA -17 € 166,660 2 MATTEO MANASSERO ITA -15 € 111,110 3 EDUARDO DE LA RIVA ESP -14 € 62,600 4 DAVID LYNN ENG -13 € 50,000 T5 RAPHAEL JACQUELIN FRA -12 € 38,700 T5 HENNIE OTTO RSA -12 € 38,700 T7 MARK FOSTER ENG -11 € 24,350 T7 MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ ESP -11 € 24,350 T7 SHANE LOWRY IRL -11 € 24,350 T7 JACO VAN ZYL RSA -11 € 24,350 WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR... WRAP THE