Monasterio runs away with English Senior Open

 

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County Durham, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Cesar Monasterio closed with a final-round, 2-under 70 to earn a 5-stroke victory at the English Senior Open.

Monasterio, who had went 69-63 through his first two rounds heading into Sunday at Rockliffe Hall, finished the week at 14-under-par 202, well ahead of second-place finishers Andrew Oldcorn and Barry Lane.

In just his fifth career start on the European Senior Tour after joining earlier this year, Monasterio picked up his first career victory on tour. He also picked up a win on the European Tour in 2006 and the Challenge Tour in 2005.

Monasterio did not start his final round off well as he tripped to a bogey at the first. He got that shot back two holes later with a birdie on No. 3. Following three straight pars, Monasterio got into red numbers for the day with a gain on the par-5 seventh. He closed out his front nine with two straight pars.

After making the turn with two more pars at 10 and 11, Monasterio poured in his third birdie on No. 12. He coasted from there with six straight pars to end his round at 2-under for the day at minus-14 for the week.

Oldcorn fired a final-round 67, but it was not nearly enough as he finished tied for second at 9-under 207. Lane joined him there following a 70.

Paul Eales (66), Jamie Spence (70) and Ross Drummond (73) all ended tied for seventh at 6-under 210, eight shots back.

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