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Owen ends long wait for win

Greg Owen ended a long wait for his first win on US soil when he claimed the Web.com Tour's United Leasing Championship in dramatic fashion.

The Mansfield professional has spent much of his career in America but until Sunday had only managed a best finish of second, which came at the Bay Hill Invitational in 2006.

He has been alternating between the Web.com and PGA Tours so far this season and finished fourth in the South Georgia Classic back in May.

Owen started some way off the pace at Victoria National in Indiana and looked to be out of contention after only one hole on Sunday, as he opened his final round with a triple-bogey seven at the first.

Back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh breathed some life back into his round but it was a simply sensational back-nine that took the 42-year-old to victory.

Owen birdied 10, 12 and 13 before picking up two more shots with an eagle at the 15th.

Further shots were gained at 16 and 17, meaning a bogey at the closing hole did not prove too costly.

Playing partner Ryan Armour finished tied for second on eight-under after a round of 67 but he missed out on the chance of what would have turned out to be a playoff for the title when he could only match Owen's bogey at the tough closing hole.

Sunday proved a even bigger nightmare for overnight leader Mark Hubbard, who closed with a three-over 75 that included four bogeys and a double, one of his dropped shots coming at the last as a playoff with Owen loomed.