Riu wins by 3 in Switzerland

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Updated: 7/14/2013 10:54 am

Lucerne, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Victor Riu shot 1-under-par 70 on Sunday and won the Swiss Challenge by three strokes.

Riu finished 72 holes at Golf Sempachersee at 19-under 265 for his maiden Challenge Tour win.

"I'm so happy, but it hasn't quite sunk in yet," said the 28-year-old. "I struggled a lot at the start so I'm delighted that I was able to produce a strong finish."

American Brinson Paolini shot 65 and tied for second in his first tournament as a professional. He finished alongside Adam Gee, who shot 67, at 16-under par.

Pedro Oriol (64), Sihwan Kim (66) and Jamie McLeary (70) shared fourth place at minus-15.

Riu began the final round with a 4-stroke lead, but he was 2-over par through 10 holes, allowing Gee to pull even.

At the 15th, Riu rallied with a birdie, and Gee, playing in the group ahead, bogeyed, giving the former a 2-stroke cushion.

Riu then locked up the win with back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17, rendering Gee's eagle-bogey finish obsolete.

"My putting was a lot better on the back nine, and it was important to get that birdie on the 17th to play the last with no pressure," said Riu. "It's a tricky hole with a difficult green, and it's easy to make bogey. On the 17th there was still only one shot in it, as I didn't know Adam had bogeyed the last, so it was a relief to make a birdie there."

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