Spanish Open: England's James Morrison wins by four strokes

James Morrison
James Morrison earned a scholarship to the University of South Carolina as a teenager
Spanish Open final leaderboard
-10 J Morrison (Eng); -6 MA Jimenez (Spa), E Espana (Fra), F Molinari (Ita), D Howell (Eng); -5 E Grillo (Arg), -4 J Lara (Spa), J Campillo (Spa); Selected others:-2 R Ramsay (Sco), D Horsey (Eng), B Evans (Eng); -1 S Garcia (Spa)

England's James Morrison won the Spanish Open by four strokes on Sunday to claim a second European Tour title.

The 30-year-old from Guildford had shared the lead heading into the final day with compatriot David Howell, who finished in a four-way tie for second.

Morrison, who won the Madeira Islands Open in 2010, shot a 69 for a 10-under-par 278 at Real Club de Golf El Prat.

"I stuck to my process all day long and executed," said Morrison after three birdies and no dropped shots on Sunday.

"In years past, when I haven't done it, it's been a case of too much looking at leaderboards and outside influences."

Miguel Angel Jimenez, with a fourth-round 67, Edouard Espana and Francesco Molinari also finished six under.

Popular Spaniard Jimenez had hit a hole-in-one at the eighth on day two.

Did you know?
Morrison played in the same England youth cricket teams as future Test players Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan. He did not take up golf seriously until the age of 16 and went from an 18 handicap to scratch within a year

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