Originally created 03/27/06

Van de Velde wins Madeira Open by a stroke



SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands - Jean Van de Velde took a four-stroke lead into the 18th hole Sunday at the Madeira Island Open, and this time he hung on - barely.

Despite a double bogey on the final hole, the Frenchman known for his collapse at Carnoustie closed with a 4-under 68 to win by one shot over Lee Slattery of England.

Van de Velde finished at 15-under 273 for his first European victory since the 1993 Rome Masters. He lost his European tour card last season after struggling with knee injuries, but the victory makes him exempt through 2007.

Slattery made birdie on the last hole for a 66.

Van de Velde had a three-shot lead going to the last hole at Carnoustie in the 1999 British Open when his 2-iron ricocheted off the bleachers and into a stream, leading to triple bogey. He wound up losing in a playoff.