European Tour

Jaidee wins Nordea Masters

2014-06-01 19:38
Thongchai Jaidee (AP Photo)

Stockholm- Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the Scandinavian Masters after beating Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson on the first playoff hole in Sweden on Sunday.

The 44-year-old clinched his sixth European Tour title, and his second in a playoff, when he birdied the par-five 18th to beat his opponents by a shot on the first hole of the shootout.

Thongchai, who won the Ballantine's Championship in similar fashion in 2009, carded a final-round 65 to finish with a 16-under 272, only to see his total matched by Dubuisson and Gallacher shortly afterwards.

He held his nerve after both his opponents missed long birdie putts in the playoff to seal his first tour win in two years with a three-foot putt.

"I worked hard today," Thongchai told the European Tour website.

"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 playoff.

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

Frenchman Dubuisson could have won the title in regulation play with a birdie at the 18th but missed his chance when he took three shots from just off green.

Scot Gallacher looked as though he had blown his chance with a bogey at the penultimate hole, but a courageous 20-foot putt at the next booked his place in the playoff.

Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen finished fourth, matching Thongchai's 65 to end one shot behind on 15 under.

Home favourite Henrik Stenson, winner of the Race to Dubai and U.S. FedEX Cup in 2013, threw away the overnight lead he shared with Briton Eddie Pepperell with a disappointing final round of 71 to finish fifth.

Leading fourth round scores in the EPGA Nordea Masters in Malmo on Sunday (GBR & IRL unless stated, par 72):

272 - Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 69 70 68 65, Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 69 69 67 67, Stephen Gallacher 67 72 65 68 (Thongchai Jaidee wins playoff on first extra hole)

273 - Robert Jan Derksen (NED) 70 71 67 65

274 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 69 70 64 71

275 - Robert Karlsson (SWE) 70 70 72 63, Eddie Pepperell 66 72 65 72, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 71 67 66 71

276 - David Howell 73 70 67 66, Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 68 72 67 69

277 - Romain Wattel (FRA) 71 70 66 70, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 70 74 67 66, Julien Quesne (FRA) 72 71 70 64

278 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 73 69 68 68

279 - Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 70 71 68 70, Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 67 75 68 69, Darren Fichardt (RSA) 73 71 68 67

280 - Craig Lee 68 74 71 67, Michael Hoey 69 75 69 67, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 71 69 73 67

281 - Marcus Kinhult (SWE) 71 72 69 69, Eduardo De La Riva (ESP) 72 72 70 67, Tom Lewis 71 71 68 71, Simon Dyson 69 72 70 70

282 - Peter Hanson (SWE) 69 71 73 69, Shane Lowry 71 73 72 66, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 68 76 70 68, Bradley Dredge 69 70 67 76, Christopher Doak 70 69 69 74, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 72 70 69 71, Alexander Levy (FRA) 72 73 71 66

283 - Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 70 75 70 68, Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 70 75 70 68, Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 70 71 71 71, Niclas Fasth (SWE) 71 70 70 72, Jack Doherty 70 74 68 71, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 74 70 70 69, Nacho Elvira (ESP) 73 71 68 71, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 70 72 68 73

284 - Paul Waring 68 76 70 70, Kevin Phelan (USA) 71 70 73 70, Andrea Pavan (ITA) 74 71 71 68, Richard Green (AUS) 72 69 76 67, Peter Lawrie 75 70 72 67, James Morrison 70 73 66 75, Oliver Fisher 69 75 69 71

285 - Jose-Filipe Lima (POR) 71 74 69 71, Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 70 75 70 70, Daniel Im (USA) 72 72 74 67, Wade Ormsby (AUS) 69 74 72 70, Francois Calmels (FRA) 73 70 75 67, Johan Carlsson (SWE) 68 77 71 69

286 - Richie Ramsay 72 72 71 71, James Kingston (RSA) 72 70 72 72, Scott Jamieson 69 72 73 72, Bjorn Akeson (SWE) 71 73 75 67

287 - Jens Dantorp (SWE) 66 73 71 77, Edouard Dubois (FRA) 70 73 68 76, Daan Huizing (NED) 67 78 70 72

288 - Mikael Lundberg (SWE) 69 75 72 72, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 76 68 72 72, Sebastian Soderberg (SWE) 67 76 74 71, Kristoffer Broberg (SWE) 70 74 68 76

289 - Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 71 74 70 74, Matthew Baldwin 71 73 73 72, Gregory Havret (FRA) 71 74 70 74

290 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 73 72 71 74, Gareth Maybin 67 75 74 74, Fredrik Andersson Hed (SWE) 74 70 74 72

291 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 69 73 75 74

292 - Ricardo Gonzalez (ARG) 69 73 75 75

293 - Stuart Manley 69 74 77 73

298 - Adam Gee 68 75 76 79

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