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Italy's Crespi wins NH Collection for 1st title

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Italy's Crespi wins NH Collection for 1st title
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Richie Ramsay watches his drive during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CADIZ, Spain (AP) -- Marco Crespi of Italy won his first European Tour title Sunday after carding a 3-under 69 in the final round for a two-shot victory at the inaugural edition of the NH Collection Open.

Playing in his 25th European Tour event, the 35-year-old Crespi had five birdies to overcome a pair of bogeys on the final day for a 10-under total of 278. Jordi Garcia of Spain carded a 66 to climb into a tie for second with Richie Ramsay of Scotland, who shot 68.

Felipe Aguilar of Chile (71) and overnight leader Matthew Nixon of England (73) finished three shots back.

Crespi stumbled with back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, but he responded with a birdie on the 14th before making par down the stretch to take the win at La Reserva de Sotogrande Golf Club.

''I started very well today,'' Crespi said. ''I birdied the first and that gave me the confidence to go low. I just had to manage my pressure on the back nine.''

His previous best finish was fourth at the South African Open earlier this year.

Crespi said he started playing at the age of 13 and practiced at the Milan Golf Club where his father worked as a caddie.

''My brother turned pro 15 years before me, and my main objective was to follow his steps,'' he said. ''This is my 11th year as a professional and my first on the European Tour. I have been waiting a long time for this moment.''

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