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Aiken dedicates maiden win to legend Ballesteros

Thomas Aiken with the Spanish Open trophy after his maiden European Tour win.
Thomas Aiken with the Spanish Open trophy after his maiden European Tour win.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Thomas Aiken of South Africa wins Spanish Open title at El Prat
  • Tournament overshadowed by death of golf legend Seve Ballesteros
  • Aiken dedicates his maiden European tour victory to Ballesteros

(CNN) -- South African Thomas Aiken dedicated his maiden European Tour win to golf legend Seve Ballesteros after claiming the Spanish Open by two shots Sunday.

Aiken carded a closing 70 at El Prat for a 10-under total of 278.

Denmark's Anders Hansen finished second on eight-under with Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal sharing third a further shot back.

The death of Spain's Ballesteros Saturday cast a shadow over the tournament with the players observing a minute's silence during the third round action.

"It's been a sad week with Seve passing away," said the 27-year-old Aiken.

I definitely want to dedicate this win to him with it being his home Open and what he gave to his home fans and to golf
--Thomas Aiken
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"I definitely want to dedicate this win to him with it being his home Open and what he gave to his home fans and to golf," he told the official European Tour website.

Golf legend Ballesteros dies aged 54

All the players wore black armbands on the final day as Aiken kept his nerve to earn South Africa their fifth win on the European Tour this season.

"I've been waiting for this for a long, long time and I've been knocking on the door. I'm ecstatic," he added.

Hansen broke out of a tie for second with a birdie on the final hole while Welshman Phillip Price and France's Gregory Havret both bogeyed the 18th to drop into a tie for fifth with Scot Paul Lawrie, England's Simon Dyson and David Horsey and Havret's compatriot Romain Wattel.

Jose Maria Olazábal, mourning the loss of his great friend and ex-Ryder Cup partner Ballesteros, bravely played the final round but shot a five-over 77 to finish on eight-over.