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Late eagles clinch victory for Soren Hansen

Soren Hansen had two late eagles to finish with a 5-under 67 Sunday and win the Mercedes-Benz Championship by four strokes.

Hansen, who won his second career title, finished at 17-under 271. Phillip Archer (68) and Alastair Forsyth (70) shared second place at the no-cut event, which drew 27 title winners.

Hansen's only previous title came four years ago at the Irish Open.

"I wouldn't say it has been a monkey on my back but I have been close, a lot of second places. I have kept hanging in there," he said. "I beat all the best players of the year, I'm very proud of that."

Hansen chipped in from the rough on No. 13 for his first eagle, which gave him a four-stroke lead. Two holes later, an approach shot escaped the bunker and rolled 12 feet from the pin to set up a second eagle.

"Making the eagle on the 15th was the key because it is nice to have a little cushion," Hansen said.

Thomas Bjorn (72) began the day even with Hansen, but a double-bogey on the sixth hole dropped him back. He finished fourth.

"Soren is a huge talent," Bjorn said. "He has sorted his putting out this summer, which was always the weak part of his game. I've always pushed him harder and harder to make him realize how big a talent he is."

Bjorn's up-and-down round included six birdies and four bogeys.

Hansen has six top-20 finishes in eight events. The 33-year-old's aim is to make the Ryder Cup team.

"But golf is a funny thing, about three months ago I was 124th in the Order of Merit, now I am seventh," Hansen said. "You have to keep that in perspective and it is good to try and keep your feet on the ground."

Retief Goosen (70) finished at 282, with John Daly (69) and Bernhard Langer (76) at 283. U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera (73) struggled the whole week and finished at 293.



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