Australian Dodt wins Avantha Masters by one shot

Updated: Feb 14, 2010, 23:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Australian Andrew Dodt sank a birdie on the final hole to clinch his first European Tour victory by a stroke at the Avantha Masters Sunday.

Dodt posted a final round 68 for a winning total of 14-under 274.

Briton Richard Finch turned in a spectacular six-under 66 for a 275 total but was pushed to second after Dodt sank birdies on the 16th and 18th holes.

“It was a huge relief when I birdied the 18th,” Dodt told reporters, after a bogey on the 11th hole had almost spoilt his chances of a first professional title.

“I can’t describe the feeling that I have now,” said Dodt, who started the day one shot off the pace.

“To win a professional golf tournament is absolutely huge. I’ve come close a few times and to actually pull it off is a dream come true.”

The 24-year-old Australian, a regular on the Asian Tour, had two runner-up finishes in Australia and New Zealand last month.

“This win is going to open a few doors for me and I’m really excited. I managed to hold on to my nerves today and I got the job done,” he said.

The Avantha Masters is the first event of a new joint venture between the European and Asian tours to be known as EurAsia Golf and the event is worth 250,000 euros ($344,800) to the winner.

“This has been my third week in a roll and I was just hoping for a good week this week,” Dodt said. “I stayed patient today and did what I had to do and I played really well.”

Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka shared third place with Britons David Drysdale, Barry Lane and Richard Bland on 276.

Bureau Report