QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand -- England's Richard Finch won the
New Zealand Open on Sunday for his first pro victory, while
71-year-old Bob Charles shared the spotlight by shooting his age or
better for the third straight day.
The 30-year-old Finch shot an even-par 72 for a three-stroke
victory over Australians Steven Bowditch (72) and Paul Sheehan (69)
in the event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours.
Finish had a 14-under 274 total on The Hills course.
"Going into today, I felt it was in my hands and if I played
well, played as I had been all week, this would be the outcome,"
Finch said. "I stumbled a bit on the back nine when I started
thinking too much about what I was doing. It's the first time I've
been in this position and it was difficult to know how to do it."
Charles, the oldest man to make the cut on a major non-seniors
tour, added a 70 Sunday to rounds of 75, 68 and 71 to tie for 23rd
at 4 under.
The first left-hander to win a major championship when he took
the 1963 British Open, Charles won the New Zealand Open as an
amateur in 1954 and added the 1966, 1970 and 1973 titles as a pro.