European Tour

Stenson ends Coetzee run

2014-10-19 14:32
Henrik Stenson (AFP)

Ash - Henrik Stenson has holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the last to beat South African George Coetzee by one hole and set up an all-Nordic final at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday.

The world number five next takes on Mikko Ilonen for the first prize of 650,000 euros ($829,205) after the Finn ended the hopes of Dutchman Joost Luiten 2 & 1.

Stenson, attempting to become the first Swedish winner in the 50-year history of the tournament, made a poor start against Coetzee after dunking his approach shot into the lake that guards the front of the opening green at the London Club in Kent.

The South African, the lowest-ranked player in the field at number 89, birdied the first two holes to go two up but the European Ryder Cup stalwart fought his way back to all square with birdies at the fourth and eighth.

Coetzee went one up with a birdie at the 14th but Stenson's class then came to the fore as he rolled in a 25-foot eagle putt at the 15th and sank another long-range effort on the par-five 18th.

Stenson was six-under for his round while Coetzee, a late replacement this week for the injured Dane Thomas Bjorn, was four-under.

The other semi-final was a drab affair by comparison with Ilonen and Luiten combining for only five birdies in 17 holes.

The well suddenly ran dry for the Dutchman who only managed to beat par at the long 13th on Sunday, having gone into the contest possessing a 100 percent record from his four previous matches and a staggering tally of 27 birdies and one eagle.

Ilonen put paid to Luiten's challenge with birdies at the 15th and 17th, finishing off his opponent by holing from 18 feet.

Results from the final day of the European Tour World Match Play Championship at the London Golf Club, Kent, England, on Sunday:


Mikko Ilonen (FIN) bt Joost Luiten (NED) 2 and 1

Henrik Stenson (SWE) bt George Coetzee (RSA)1up

(Final to be played Sunday afternoon)


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