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Mark Litton claimed his first victory for three years when he won the Open des Volcans in France at the first hole of a sudden death play-off. The 35-year-old Welshman, who lives in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, edged out Spain's Jose Carriles after they had tied on 12-under-par 276. Carriles had set the clubhouse target with a closing 67 leaving Litton requiring a birdie-three at the last for victory. He finished with a four for 68 to set up the play-off. Litton's last victory was also in France, at Biarritz in 1994, again on the Challenge Tour. Olivier Edmond of France was third on 277, while Londoner Warren Bennett closed with a 69 to share fourth place on 279 with overnight leader David A Russell.

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: OPENS DE VOLCANS (Clermont-Ferrand, Fr) Leading final scores (GB or Ireland unless stated): 276 M Litton 68 67 73 68; J Carriles (Sp) 67 72 70 67 (Litton won play-off at first extra hole). 277 O Edmond (Fr) 70 70 69 68. 279 W Bennett 71 68 71 69; D A Russell 65 71 70 73. 280 J Lawson (Fr) 69 72 73 66. 281 S Watson 68 72 72 69; M Reale (It) 69 69 71 72; P Nyman 72 68 68 73. 282 S Lahary (Fra) 73 70 71 68; O Rojahn (Nor) 70 69 70 73. 284 D Lynn 72 66 76 70. 285 A Clapp 72 70 71 72; M Welch 71 73 66 75. 287 S Cronin 70 68 75 74. 289 L James 70 73 74 72. 290 J Robinson 70 73 73 74; S Brown 72 71 72 75. 291 S Pullan 72 72 75 72. 292 B Dredge 73 69 78 72. 293 D Muscroft 72 72 70 79. 294 A Barnett 72 72 77 73; G Owen 72 72 75 75. 296 D R Jones 68 74 76 78.

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