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Clarke's 30-foot birdie putt on 18 seals first European Tour win since '03

Updated: April 27, 2008, 9:02 AM ET
Reuters

SHANGHAI, China -- Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to beat Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen by a stroke to clinch the Asian Open on Sunday.

Clarke, needing a birdie to avoid a playoff with playing partner Derksen, and having nearly putted himself out of the tournament on the 16th and 17th holes, found the middle of the cup to card a 1-over 73.

A thrilled Clarke, who lost his wife Heather after a long battle with cancer two years ago, ...

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