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American Bettencourt wins Reno Open

American Matt Bettencourt closed with a four-under 68 to beat Bob Heintz by one stroke and capture his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the three million dollar Reno-Tahoe Open.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2010 13:59 IST

American Matt Bettencourt closed with a four-under 68 to beat Bob Heintz by one stroke and capture his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the three million dollar Reno-Tahoe Open.

Bettencourt's American compatriot Heintz, who doesn't play on the Tour, missed a three-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole with a chance to force a playoff.

"I will take it anyway I can," Bettencourt said. "I hate to see someone miss like that at the end but at same time I felt I played well enough all week to win."

Bettencourt made a bogey at the final hole after finding two bunkers. He and Heintz played in the same group.

Bettencourt chipped in for eagle on the par-five No. 11 and rolled in a birdie putt on 17 en route to finishing at 11-under 277 at the Montreux Golf and Country Club course.

John Merrick and Sweden's Mathias Gronberg each shot 69 and tied for third at nine-under.