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Arjun Atwal beats Peter Hedblom in a playoff

India’s Arjun Atwal won the $2 million Malaysian Open for the second time on Sunday after beating defending champion Peter Hedblom on the second play-off hole at the Kota Permai Gold Club.

Atwal, the 2003 champion, surged up the leaderboard with a final round of eight-under-par 64 to finish on 18-under 270 for the tournament.

Overnight leader Hedblom missed a chance to win outright when his birdie putt on the 18th hung on the lip. He settled for a one-under 71.

Atwal, 34, needed only a par at the par-three second extra hole to win the first prize of $340,000 while his rival three-putted.

“It is an amazing feeling,” Atwal told reporters. “I don’t know how to put it into words. To come here and win this title twice now is incredible.

“I didn’t think I had a chance starting out and just relaxed from the first hole. It was only on the 11th I felt I had a chance. It is incredible.”

The Malaysian Open is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour.

Both players struggled to par the first extra hole, the par-five 18th, after Atwal found sand with his second shot and Hedblom drove into the water.

“It was a good defense,” said Hedblom. “You are never happy when you lose and I thought I had a good chance to win. I am proud of myself for the way I defended my title and the putts I holed coming in.”

Briton Simon Dyson carded a three-under 69 on the final day to share third place with Australian Kane Webber (65) on 271, with Italian Francesco Molinari alone at 272 after his 65.

South African Charl Schwartzel, Indian Jyoti Randhawa, Argentine Daniel Vancsik and Briton David Lynn tied for sixth on 15-under 273.

Ryder Cup player Darren Clarke, who moved into contention on Saturday with a 67, settled for joint 10th place with Sweden’s Johan Edfors after closing with two-under 70 for 274.


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