LOCH LOMOND (Scotland) (AFP) Edoardo Molinari grabbed his first European Tour title after a dream victory at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond on Sunday. The Italian finished on 12-under par after a closing 74 at a windswept Loch Lomond to finish three shots clear of Northern Irelands Darren Clarke. Frances Raphael Jacquelin finished third on eight-under, while Scotlands Stephen Gallacher, Swedens Peter Hedblom and Francesco Molinari, younger brother of the winner, were equal fourth on seven-under. The Italian was embraced by his younger brother - and playing partner - on the 18th but admitted he feared the worst when he work up this morning. Its a dream day to be honest, he said. But to be honest when I woke up this morning I didnt think I had any chance because Darren is such a great player in the wind. When I saw the conditions, I though I could score any number out there. But I got off to a good start, especially getting the birdie at the third. After that I just tried to play conservative. All of a sudden I birdied 14 and I am four ahead. But with one hand on the trophy, Molinari slammed a drive into some of the courses deepest rough at the next to leave him lucky to escape with a double bogey six. I am five ahead after 14 but then I am struggling to make a double bogey, he added. So the lead is back to three but Ive played three great holes to finish. I think Ive hit the best five-iron of my life on 17. And at the last I knew I had to make four to be sure. And Ive hit again one of the best drives of my life. Its a great win and I cant wait to play at St Andrews in next weeks Open Championship now. The victory also means there is now the real possibility the brothers could team up again for the Europeans in this years Ryder Cup. Francesco is now fifth in the points race, while his elder sibling is up from 11th to sixth on the world list from which the first four members of Colin Montgomeries side will come. Edoardo added: It would be fantastic. I said yesterday that I had no expectation of winning this week and getting into the Ryder Cup team. But now this is a real push towards that. We have shown that we can play together by winning the World Cup. We are both good drivers, while Francesco is one of the best iron players on tour. I am also a good putter. For Clarke there was a bittersweet element to his afternoon. While he had blown the chance to win his first tournament since landing the Dutch Open in 2008, his second-placed finish meant he had secured the final place for next weeks Open at St Andrews. He added: Im disappointed not to have won, I had given myself the chance going into the final round but made an awful start. I didnt really give myself enough chances to claw it back. But Im delighted to be back competing again. And qualifying for the Open is obviously a nice consolation for me. Hopefully I can take the form I took from the first couple of days up to St Andrews.