Little gets big win at Russian Challenge Cup

Englishman Sam Little posted a four-under 68 on Sunday for his third European Challenge Tour victory at the Russian Challenge Cup.

Little finished at 11-under 277 and won by a single stroke at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club.

Fellow Englishman Andrew Johnston also had a 68 on Sunday and lost by a shot at minus-10.

Little had a one-stroke lead when he found sand at the par-five 17th. He blasted out to a foot and tapped in for a birdie and a two-shot cushion.

Johnston made a long birdie putt at the 18th to put the pressure on Little. He was only one in front, but found the fairway and green safely, then two-putted for par and his first win since 2004.

"It feels fantastic. I played really well today, in fact, I've played really well all week, except for my first four holes," said Little, who was four-over in his first four holes of the tournament. "I've come close to winning a couple of times on the main tour but it's been a while since I last won on the Challenge Tour, so I had wondered if I still had it in me."

The first-place check moved Little from 43rd to sixth on the Challenge Tour money list and now he's headed back to the European Tour.

Pelle Edberg, who shared the third-round lead with Little, shot an even-par 72 and tied for third place with Sam Walker (70) and Andrew Marshall (70) at minus-seven.