Golf: Campbell finishes strong at European Masters

New Zealand's Michael Campbell has picked up his second top-15 finish in two months on the European Tour after a 14th placing at the European Masters in the Swiss Alps overnight.

Campbell carded a final round 67 to finish at eight under. It was just the fourth time this year that he had made the cut at a European Tour event.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed the biggest win of his career when a final-round 66 sealed a four-shot victory.

Ramsay finished at 16-under par, with Australia's Marcus Fraser, Romain Wattel of France, Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden and England's Danny Willett tied for second on 12-under.

It is the second tour title of Ramsay's career after his triumph at the South African Open in 2010, and the second win in as many weeks for a Scotsman following Paul Lawrie's success at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles last weekend.

Of the other Australians, Brett Rumford (70) finished at eight-under and Scott Barr (68) at seven-under.

"It was always going to be difficult because Paul is a fantastic player, but my plan was just to play the golf course and pretend I was playing with my two best mates,'' Ramsay said after seeing off the challenge of fellow Aberdeen native Lawrie, who slipped back to joint-sixth after a 70.

"That was my plan all week and it worked. I managed to stay patient. A few deep breaths along the stretch and holing that final putt felt so, so good. You can't buy that feeling.''

A third-round 64 gave Ramsay the lead coming into the final round by a stroke from compatriot Lawrie, and he started superbly, going through the front nine in just 31 strokes.

Victory appeared certain from the moment he went four shots clear thanks to birdies at three and four.

He dropped his first shot of the day at the 13th, but then produced a stunning eagle three at 14, and another bogey at 17 could not prevent him from claiming the title.

The 29-year-old is the first Scotsman to win in Crans-sur-Sierre since Colin Montgomerie back in 1996.

That was despite Fraser, Wattel and Andersson Hed also enjoying rounds of 66, although Willett, who had come into the day one shot adrift of the lead, needed to do better than a 69 to stay in contention for a second title of the season.

Another Englishman, Lee Slattery, shot the round of the day, his 64 featuring two eagles and taking him to eight-under for the weekend.

- HERALD ONLINE/AFP

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