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31 May 2001, 10:00 am
ACI Ronhill Cup
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Swedish Match Tour

Two champions were crowned in the sleepy, Adriatic seaport of Split, Croatia.
Team New Zealand's Dean Barker defended his title at the ACI Ronhill Cup, beating Prada Challenge's Gavin Brady two wins to one loss in the championship final. Also, Magnus Holmberg and Team StoraEnso, by virtue of their third place finish at the event, clinched the Swedish Match Tour Championship with two events remaining.

The 15 points Holmberg picked up in Split eliminated his closest competitor and defending Swedish Match Tour champion Bertrand Pace of Team New Zealand. Pace will not be contesting the next event on the Tour, the Match Race Lake Constance presented by Volvo, due to America's Cup obligations and will not be able to close the point gap even with a victory at the Swedish Match Tour's final event the Swedish Match Cup.

Holmberg and Team StoraEnso don't plan on slowing down and look forward to some unfinished business in the next month. "We still haven't won the Swedish Match Cup which is in our hometown and we look forward to winning that event as the icing on the cake."

Due to the lack of wind event organizers decided to shorten the semifinal round to first-to-two-wins which resulted in Brady and Barker advancing to the event final by virtue of their two wins to zero victories over Bertrand Pace of Team New Zealand and Magnus Holmberg of Team StoraEnso, respectively.

In the petit final defending Swedish Match Tour Pace symbolically passed the crown to his Swedish opponent as Holmberg defeated Pace two wins to one loss.

FINAL STANDINGS: 1. Dean Barker (Team New Zealand), 2. Gavin Brady (Prada Challenge), 3. Magnus Holmberg (Team Stora Enso), 4. Bertrand Pace (Team New Zealand), 5. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN), 6. Rod Davis (Prada Challenge), 7. Andy Green (GBR Challenge), 8. Jesper Radich (DEN).
Shawn McBride / News Editor
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