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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swede Dominates at Soggy Russian Open

NAKHABINO, Moscow Region -- Per-Ulrik Johansson shot five birdies in the final round Sunday to win a rain-soaked Russian Open by six strokes.

The Swede finished with an overall 23-under 265 after a final round 67 to win his sixth European Tour title.

Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands was second, shooting 69 for 17-under 271, and Alan McLean of Scotland was third with 18-under.

"I haven't won in 10 years," Johansson said. "I have played some good golf since then but I haven't played this well, so I'm very pleased."

Johansson's total score was one shot lower than the tournament record of 22-under by 2006 winner Alejandro Canizares of Spain. It was only his third European Tour event this year.

Johansson's score will not be recognized, however, because players were allowed to move the ball within a club's distance due to the water-soaked course at Moscow's Le Meridien Golf and Country Club.

The Swede was unperturbed about the record not counting.

"If I had to chose between the course record and winning I would take the win," he said, adding that his victory was also an early birthday present for his eldest daughter Stella, who turns 4 on Monday.

A total of 12 hours of play were lost in two days as rain flooded the course. Neither of the first two rounds was completed in one day, leaving 27 golfers in the first round and 58 in the second to finish their rounds the next morning.

The Swede, 40, had four birdies on the front nine and one more on the 11th for an eight-stroke lead over Derksen and McLean, who were tied for second at 15-under.

Johansson's last tournament win was at the Smurfit Kappa European Open in 1997.

Derksen birdied the 15th and 16th while McLean bogeyed the 12th. McLean then birdied three holes to level with Derksen at 17-under but missed a decisive five-foot par putt on the 18th.

Despite the nasty weather, Johansson was delighted with his short game.

"I think my putting was the best I've ever putted through a whole tournament. I can't remember making that many putts," he said.

"My long game was okay, and I kept the ball in play, but every time I got the ball on the green, I felt like I had a chance for a birdie."

The Russian Open was started in 1993, but only became a full-fledged European Tour event last season.

This year, the prize money was doubled to $2 million. Only three Russian golfers took part in the tournament, none of them reaching the top 50. (AP, Reuters, MT)