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Vibe-Hastrup captures first Euro title with Madrid Open victory

MADRID -- Denmark's Mads Vibe-Hastrup won
his first European Tour title with a three-stroke victory in the
Madrid Open on Sunday.

A closing five-under-par 67 for a 16-under-par four-round
total of 272 left Vibe-Hastrup ahead of home favorite Alejandro Canizares (68).

Daniel Vancsik, the leader for the first three rounds, lost
his victory chance with a quintuple-bogey ninth on
the fifth.

The Argentine was two shots ahead of the field at the time
but never recovered from his mishap and had to settle for third
place on 12-under with a 73.

There was also a disappointing end to Northern Irish
teenager Rory McIlroy's attempt to be the youngest tour winner.

The 18-year-old stayed just in the hunt with an eagle on the
10th, but a 70 containing five bogeys was good enough only for a
share of fourth place on 11-under with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy
(69).

By following compatriots Anders and Soren Hansen into the
2007 victor's enclosure the 29-year-old Vibe-Hastrup became the
17th first-time winner on the European Tour this season.

After Vancsik perished on the fifth by tangling with heavy
rough in a gulley, Vibe-Hastrup, two behind the Argentine
overnight, took a firm hold with three birdies in four holes
from the eighth.

Canizares stayed in touch with him until he missed a short
putt to bogey the short 17th, shortly after Vibe-Hastrup
produced a gem of an approach to three feet to birdie the 16th
and effectively end the contest.