Sterne cruises to victory at Joburg Open

Last updated 06:50 11/02/2013

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Richard Sterne cruised to his first European Tour title in more than four years, winning the Joburg Open by seven shots on Sunday.

Sterne shot a bogey-free 64 to finish with a tournament record total of 27 under at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington golf course and win by the largest margin in the tournament's history.

"That was probably the best final round of my career," Sterne said. "It was quite special to finish the way I did."

Fellow overnight leader Trevor Fisher Jr faltered on the final day, allowing Sterne to finish well clear of Charl Schwartzel (66) in second.

Fisher eagled the first but sank to a 1-over 73 that dropped him to a tie for sixth, despite sitting five shots ahead of the field with Sterne at the start of the final round.

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