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Hennie Otto wins Italian Open

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TURIN, Italy (AP) - Hennie Otto of South Africa held on to claim a second Italian Open victory by two shots on Sunday, while Stephen Gallacher came up just short of an automatic Ryder Cup spot after finishing third.

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Otto, who won the event in 2008, shot a 4-under 68 to finish with a 20-under total of 268 and hold off David Howell, who surged up the leaderboard with a 63 to finish second. Howell opened with an eagle and added seven birdies to beat Gallacher (65) by one shot. Gallacher needed a top-two finish to dislodge former U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell from the automatic Ryder Cup places for Europe's team.

It was only the 38-year-old's Otto's second tournament since his recovery from two back operations.

''I was playing well before the injury but it is a surprise to win so soon,'' Otto said. ''Golf is not perfect and to come back after the operations and win in my second week, I will take that any day.

''Today wasn't easy because the guys played so well with some of them trying to get The Ryder Cup spots. I really hope Stevie makes it - he deserves it and has proved himself this week.''

Gallacher will now have to wait until Tuesday, when European captain Paul McGinley announces his three wild cards.

''It was a tall order but I am proud of myself the way I have played,'' Gallacher said. ''I'm delighted with 17 under, it looks just a little short but there is nothing I can do. ... There are four or five guys that are worthy (of a wild card) so it's just what Paul sees.''

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