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Thongchai wins Nordea Masters play-off in Sweden

Updated: Sunday, 01 Jun 2014 18:35 | Comments

Thongchai Jaidee birdied the par-five 18th to
Thongchai Jaidee birdied the par-five 18th to

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the Nordea Masters after beating Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson on the first play-off hole in Sweden.

The 44-year-old clinched his sixth European Tour title, and his second in a play-off, 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 play-off 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 play-off.

"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 he 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 play-off.

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 US FedEX Cup in 2013, threw away the overnight lead he shared with Eddie Pepperell with a disappointing final round of 71 to finish fifth.

Michael Hoey was best of the Irish players on eight-under for a share of 18th place .

Shane Lowry was on six-under, while Peter Lawrie and Kevin Phelan were both back on four-under. Gareth Maybin was down the field on two-over.

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