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Peter Hedblom wins again after 11 years

Sweden's Peter Hedblom ended an 11-year drought when he won the $1.29 million Malaysian Open with a one-stroke victory on Sunday.

Hedblom, three shots off the pace overnight, fired a final round four-under-par 68 for an eight-under total of 280 to beat Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin by one stroke. It was the 37-year-old's first victory on the European Tour since the 1996 Morocco Open.

Briton Simon Dyson hit two-under par 70 to tie for third with Ignacio Garrido on six-under 282 for the tournament after the Spaniard carded 69.

"Unbelievable," said Hedblom. "I've been shaking. It's almost 11 years now and to win again, I've worked so hard to get back and try to win a tournament and now I've won it. It's unbelievable.

"When you haven't won for that long, you question whether you can win again."

The Malaysian Open is co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours and is the fourth stop of this year's Asian circuit.

Third-round leader Marcus Higley lost his way over the front nine to score two-over 74 and finish on five-under-par 283 for joint fifth with fellow Briton Gary Lockerbie.

Tied for seventh on 284, four shots adrift, were Chinarat Phadungsil, the 18-year-old Thai who led at the halfway stage, Finland's Mikko Ilonen, Briton Simon Yates and Thailand's Prom Meesawat.

At one stage, five players tied for the lead at Saujana Golf and Country Club's Palm course.

Hedblom raced ahead with birdies on the 13th, 16th and 17th holes but dropped a shot on the final hole with a three-putt after a great recovery shot from the edge of a greenside bunker. Fortunately for him, Lucquin also bogeyed the 18th.

"When I walked off 17, people were congratulating me for winning the tournament," said Hedblom, who had six birdies on Sunday. "But I had the worst lie for my third shot. It wasn't in the trap and it wasn't out of the trap.

"But I hit a great shot to get it to where it was. After that, I was shaking. I couldn't even put my club down on that putt."

Lucquin pushed hard for a maiden victory and grabbed the sole lead on eight-under for the tournament after a birdie on 17. However, the Frenchman three-putted from 30 feet on the 18th green.



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