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Peter Hanson clinches one shot victory

Swede Peter Hanson led from start to finish to win the Scandinavian Masters on Sunday and secure his second European Tour title.

Hanson prevailed despite a faltering finish in bad weather outside Stockholm, closing with a one-over 71 for a nine-under 271 to win by a stroke from compatriot Pelle Edberg and Britain’s Nick Dougherty.

His victory, worth 266,660 points after a three-year wait since he won the Spanish Open, rekindled the Swede’s Ryder Cup hopes.

The 30-year-old from Trelleborg has sought and gained an invitation to next week’s Dutch Open to try to keep his Ryder Cup dream alive over the next two weeks before Europe’s team is decided.

“I’d thought my chance was gone but you never know in golf what can happen,” a jubilant Hanson told Reuters.

“I’m now going to play next week. It’s a long chance and I’ll really need another good week, in fact I’ll probably need to win again but at least I’ve given myself a chance now.”

Hanson established a four-stroke lead by the 10th but a double-bogey on the 11th and a charge by his playing partner Edberg (70) put the pressure on.

However, he always had a stroke in hand and even two bogeys in the last three holes could not prevent his first victory on home soil.

“I used to imagine having a putt to win in Sweden when I was a kid and it happened today,” he said.

Edberg’s ball flew into the lake on the 17th but he still scrambled to eight feet to try to save par. When he missed the putt his chance was over.

Dougherty (70) needed pain killers on the ninth tee after his back after stiffened overnight. The Englishman had almost played himself out of contention by finding water to double-bogey the second but fought back over the back nine to run Hanson close.

His 138,965 points for a share of second place did not move him up from his 14th spot on the Ryder Cup table but Dougherty believes he can still make the team.

“I’ve found my game again and this has moved me closer,” Dougherty said. “It’s going to be all to play for over the next two weeks and I’d almost given up hope of that.”

Dane Soren Kjeldsen shared the lead early on but faded to finish three strokes behind Hanson and also failed to move up the Cup table from his 15th position.

The most significant move came from Martin Kaymer who is now only 272 points behind 10th and final automatic place, held by Denmark’s Soren Hansen after the German finished in 14th place in Sweden, five adrift of Hanson.


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