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McDowell retains French Open title
Graeme McDowell shoots 4-under 67 to win French Open by a stroke
By TRUNG LATIEULE
Associated Press
2014-07-06 11:42 PM

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell made the best of tough conditions to retain his French Open title by firing a 4-under 67 to win by a stroke on Sunday.

In pouring rain, McDowell made five birdies and a bogey in his final round to finish with a 5-under 279 total.

The defending champion shot 70, 69 and 73 in the previous rounds, keeping his best for the last day.

Leading since the first round, Kevin Stadler wasted a five-stroke cushion to trail McDowell by three strokes. But the American made a charge to close the last round, getting back into contention and moving into a tie for the lead with a birdie on No. 16.

McDowell won when Stadler missed a par putt on the last from three feet that would have forced a playoff.

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