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Michael Jonzon wins again after 12 years

Michael Jonzon ended a 12-year wait for his second European Tour victory when the Swede won the Castello Masters on Sunday.

The 37-year-old stayed calm to birdie the final hole at the Mediterraneo club and post a four-under-par 67 for a 20-under total of 264, one stroke better than Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Swede Christian Nilsson.

Since he won the 1997 Portuguese Open, Jonzon’s career has failed to take off. But Sunday’s victory moved him from 158th on the money-list to 65th and in with a chance of playing next month’s lucrative Dubai World Championship.

“I was so proud of myself holing that putt on the last,” he told Reuters. “I was determined not to let the win get away from me.

“Life has been desperate at times and I came here looking at playing at the qualifying school.”

It looked as though Jonzon would run away with it going into the back nine after chalking up an eagle and three birdies in six holes to the turn.

Three dropped shots in three holes coming home, though, provided a nervous ending for the Swede.

Jonzon went to the 18th tied with Nilsson, who was already in the clubhouse, and Kaymer, one of his playing partners.

An 18-foot putt, while Kaymer missed from half that length, then earned Jonzon the $495,000 first prize.

Kaymer slumped six strokes behind the Swede after double-bogeying the 13th. But the 24-year-old German, back after a nine-week injury absence, came roaring back.

While he made ground on Race to Dubai money list leader Lee Westwood, joint second place here was not quite enough for Kaymer to regain top spot.

“I came here not knowing what to expect after such a long time off so this is very encouraging,” he said.

Holder and tournament host Sergio Garcia (69) was the title favourite going into the final round but he was hampered by sickness and needed medical attention on the course.

The world number 10 had to settle for fourth place on 267 after a double-bogey at the 12th ruined his chances.

“I tried to pump myself up but I just didn’t have any energy because of not eating,” said Garcia.

British rookie Sam Hutsby (71) briefly shared the lead when he holed out with his second shot for an eagle on the first.

The 20-year-old, playing in only his third European Tour event as a professional, finished on 270 to earn a place in next week’s Singapore Open.

 

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