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Brazel breaks down after shock victory

Unheralded Australian Sam Brazel broke down in tears yesterday after clinching the Hong Kong Open in thrilling style with a birdie at the final hole, sealing the biggest victory of his career.

The world No. 480 defeated Spanish Ryder Cup star Rafael Cabrera-Bello - ranked 447 places above him - on the 18th after Brazel agonisingly missed a birdie on the 17th.

He shot a two-under 68 to finish with a 13-under total of 267.

Brazel, 37, whose partner died suddenly from bacterial meningitis in 2009, dedicated the improbable victory to his family, saying: "This is for you guys."

Cabrera-Bello had to settle for second place, finishing with a round of 268.

Australia's Andrew Dodt and England's Tommy Fleetwood were tied for third on 11 under at 269. - AFP

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