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Result: Graeme McDowell wins Open de France for second straight year

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell overhauls Kevin Stadler to successfully defend the Open de France.

Graeme McDowell successfully defended the Open de France with a one-shot margin at Le Golf National in Paris this afternoon.

The Northern Irishman was not expected to contend for top spot, but he moved his way through the field courtesy of a round of 67, which left him on four-under-par for the day and five-under for the tournament.

 Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd after finishing his round on the 18th green during the Alstom Open de France - Day Four at Le Golf National on July 6, 2014© Getty Images

Meanwhile, Kevin Stadler had gone into the final day with a commanding advantage, but his round of five-over was only good enough to finish tied for second with Thongchai Jaidee.

Stadler actually had a putt from two foot to force a playoff on the 18th, but he missed, handing McDowell the victory in the process.

In fourth was Sweden's Robert Karlsson, who finished the tournament on three-under.

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Kevin Stadler of the USA in action during the third round of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National on July 5, 2014
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