Molinari wins Johnnie Walker

2010-08-29 19:38

Gleneagles - Italy's Edoardo Molinari faces a nervous wait to discover if he has made Europe's Ryder Cup team after winning the Johnnie Walker Championship by one shot on Sunday.

Molinari, who also won the Scottish Open last month, was hoping to convince European captain Colin Montgomerie that he deserves to be a wild card pick as he couldn't qualify automatically.

He did his best to underline his credentials with three late birdies to win the title at Gleneagles and then had to wait until Montgomerie announced his selection later Sunday to see if he has made the cut.

A chip to 18 inches on the last gave Molinari a 71 and 10 under total, one better than Australian Brett Rumford and three clear of his brother Francesco, who is already in the Ryder Cup team, and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez took one of the last automatic Ryder Cup places along with Sweden's Peter Hanson, who qualified earlier in the day, with England's Simon Dyson coming up short in the race to face the United States at Celtic Manor in October.

Jimenez had to finish in the top nine and ended up tied third, while Hanson needed a top 43 placing and ended up in a tie for 19th.

Dyson needed to win the tournament to have any chance and despite a hat-trick of birdies from the 15th the damage was done earlier in the windy conditions and he finished four shots off the winning spot.

Molinari, who missed out on an automatic place by one point, said: "After 13 holes I started thinking I have to win to get the pick and now I have I don't know what else I have to do to show Monty I am good enough."

Jimenez, who made a late decision to play because he was in danger of being knocked out of Ryder Cup contention, will win his fourth cap for Europe.

He said: "It means a lot. It's very important to me and I'm glad to be part of the team again."

Hanson, who won last week's Czech Open to leap from 15th on the points table, shot 72 and said: "It feels great. I was very tired coming here and I've been battling trying not to think about making the team.

"I think I'm going to celebrate tonight - and tomorrow as well."

Leading final-round scores:

278 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 70 68 69 71

279 Brett Rumford (Australia) 71 70 68 70

281 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 69 74 69 69
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 70 68 71 72
Francesco Molinari (Italy) 68 70 68 75

282 Simon Dyson (Britain) 68 70 70 74

283 Bradley Dredge (Britain) 71 68 74 70
Marcel Siem (Germany) 71 71 71 70
Damien McGrane (Ireland) 72 67 70 74

284 Phillip Archer (Britain) 70 73 69 72
George Coetzee (South Africa) 69 68 74 73
Jyoti Randhawa (India) 70 70 69 75
Gregory Bourdy (France) 68 70 70 76

285 Rhys Davies (Britain) 73 70 72 70
Ross Fisher (Britain) 72 67 73 73
Gary Boyd (Britain) 67 68 74 76
Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 67 70 71 77
Oliver Wilson (Britain) 70 70 68 77