England’s James Morrison fired a 3-under 69 to race to the Open de Espana title by four strokes on Sunday in Barcelona.
After tying fellow Brit David Howell for the lead after three rounds, Morrison ran away as Howell fell back to a 1-over 73. France’s Edouard Espana, the Day 2 leader, wound up as four players tied for second, along with Howell, Francesco Molinari, and defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Morrison succeeded by not screwing up. He had two birdies on the front nine, another on 18 – which he birdied on all four days – and 15 pars.
It’s his second career win, following the 2010 Madeira Islands Open.
Just 1-under through 54 holes, the 51-year-old Jimenez made a spirited run highlighted by an eagle 2 on the par-4, 465-yard No. 5. Jimenez continues to play about 20 years below the age on his driver’s license. For the game, he had 14 birdies, an eagle and an ace.
Howell, the Day-3 co-leader, was in trouble early, bogeying No. 6 and double-bogeying No. 9. He was as high as +4 before closing with three birdies on his last five holes.