Thongchai Jaidee makes birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Nordea Masters.

Thongchai Jaidee overcame Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher in a play-off to seal a dramatic victory at the Nordea Masters.

The Thai carded a closing 65 at PGA Sweden National, where a host of players – including World Number Two Henrik Stenson – saw their chances of victory come and go.

Having set the clubhouse mark at 16 under par, Jaidee then had to wait as the last four groups made their way down the par five last – with only Dubuisson and Gallacher able to reach his score.

On the first trip back down the 18th, Jaidee spun his third shot to three feet and, after seeing Dubuisson and Gallacher miss lengthy birdie putts, converted to seal a sixth European Tour title.

“I worked hard today,” said Jaidee. “I started with three birdies in a row, had another one on six, then a good comeback on 11 [where he made an eagle three].

“We were nervous the last few holes - 16, 17 and 18 are tough holes – but 16 under was good enough for a play-off.

“The golf course is wide open, you have to hit good golf shots and the weather helped a little bit.”

France’s Dubuisson would have won with a birdie on 18 in regulation play, but three-putted from just off the green.

Gallacher’s chance looked to have gone when he bogeyed the 17th from a greenside bunker, but he bravely converted from 20 feet at the next.

Stenson, playing in the final group with Eddie Pepperell, needed an eagle to win his national title for the first time, but pushed his second into trouble right of the green and eventually bogeyed.

Pepperell went in water at the last and also ran up a six, when he needed a three to force his way into extra holes.

Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen matched Jaidee’s 65 to take fourth on 15 under, with Stenson alone in fifth and Pepperell sharing sixth with Spain’s Alvaro Quiros and another local favourite in Robert Karlsson – whose 63 was the best round of the week.

Source : European Tour

posted at 01 Jun 2014 23:01:36



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