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Brazel wins Hong Kong Open for 1st European Tour title

  • Australia's Sam Brazel, right, celebrates with his caddie on the 18th hole after winning the Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Australia's Sam Brazel, right, celebrates with his caddie on the 18th hole after winning the Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Sam Brazel, left, celebrates with his supporter after winning the Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Australia's Sam Brazel, left, celebrates with his supporter after winning the Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Sam Brazel lines a putt on the 15th hole at the Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Australia's Sam Brazel lines a putt on the 15th hole at the Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

Australia's Sam Brazel birdied the 18th hole to narrowly edge Rafa Cabrera Bello to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour.

Ranked 480th in the world, Brazel plays on the Asian Tour and had never had a top-10 European Tour finish before. The win gives him automatic entry into European Tour events for the next two years.

Brazel and Cabrera Bello started the round level at 11 under, but the Australian sank three consecutive birdies on the back nine to take the lead, and then made his birdie putt on the final hole to nudge the Spaniard for the title.

Brazel shot a 68 for an overall total of 13-under 267, while Cabrera Bello, who had a double bogey on the par-3 8th hole, shot a 69 and finished a stroke back.

Andrew Dodt of Australia shot a final-round 66 to tie for third with Tommy Fleetwood of England (68), two shots off the leader.

David Lipsky of the United States carded a 68 to finish in fourth place at 10 under for the tournament.