The winner of the 2013 BMW Masters is Spain’s Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño. The man from Madrid carded a final round of 68 (-4) to triumph at the inaugural event on the European Tour’s new Final Series. The 33-year-old ended the prestigious tournament with a score of -11 (277 shots) – one ahead of his closest rivals Francesco Molinari (ITA, -10) and Thongchai Jaidee (THA, -10) who finished tied in the runner-up spot.
Fernández-Castaño, who leaves Shanghai with the BMW Masters trophy and a cheque for 1,166,000 US dollars, started the final day one shot behind American Luke Guthrie (-9). The rising star from Illinois had led the world-class field at the BMW Masters right from his opening round of 65 (-7), but could do no better than a 71 on Sunday as he missed out on his maiden win on the European Tour, eventually finishing a creditable fourth.
Behind Fernández-Castaño, a whole host of players were producing eye-catching rounds in perfect conditions – none more so than last year’s winner Peter Hanson (-7). The Swede fired eleven birdies en route to a sensational round of 63 (-9) – his lowest ever on the European Tour – and climbed to eighth place. Hanson was left to rue his poor opening round, however, and could do nothing to stop his title going to "Gonzo". His Spanish successor showed nerves of steel on Sunday, carding six birdies and just one double-bogey on the 18th. By the time he reached the final green, however, Fernández-Castaño had already opened up a three-shot lead and calmly sank a one-metre putt for the biggest win of his career so far.
The victory was Fernández-Castaño’s seventh on the European Tour and his third at a BMW tournament. His triumph at the 2006 BMW Asian Open also came in Shanghai, while the Spaniard’s most recent win was at the 2012 BMW Italian Open. He now joins compatriot Miguel Angel Jiménez as one of just two players to have tasted success at three BMW events.