Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts edged out Graeme McDowell to win the World Match Play Championship on the final hole in Casares,Spain on Sunday.
In tricky,windy conditions Colsaerts never trailed in a tightly-contested match and won the 16th hole to move two up with two to play. Northern Irelands McDowell,the 2010 US Open champion, was ready to shake hands on the par-three 17th but Colsaerts missed a routine four-foot par putt to extend the contest down the par-five 18th.
A venomous drive from Colsaerts down the final fairway gave him the advantage and although his second slid into the semi-rough to the right he chipped to 10 feet and then rolled his ball up to the hole for a guaranteed par that McDowell could not better. Colsaerts second European Tour win,after breaking through at last years China Open,gave him the biggest payday of his career,a cool 700,000 euros.