Originally created 10/10/05

Bickerton wins the Abama Open



TENERIFE, Canary Islands - John Bickerton won the Abama Open de Canarias on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 to beat Stuart Little and Michael Kirk by five strokes.

Bickerton finished with a 10-under 274 total at the 6,857-yard Abama Golf Club course.

"It feels fantastic, awesome," Bickerton said. "It's been a long time coming and I've been very worried about my place on Tour."

Bickerton has finished second five times on the European Tour since 1993 and had been in danger of losing his European Tour card.

"It's your career, your future lies in this game and a few (dollars) makes such a difference," Bickerton said.

Little, who finished in second for the first time in his career, shot a 72, while Kirk finished the final round with a 69.

Marc Warren, Johan Axgren and Mark Roe were tied for fourth a further stroke back.