Andersson Hed stutters, but wins
Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed claimed his first European Tour title at the 245th attempt in the Italian Open on Sunday.
Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed admitted the result was all that mattered after stuttering to his maiden European Tour title in the Italian Open.
Andersson Hed took a commanding six-shot lead into the final round in Turin after a brilliant 63 on Saturday, but on Sunday he looked in real danger of becoming the first player since Simon Dyson at the BMW Asian Open in 2004 to squander such a massive advantage.
The beneficiary of Dyson’s collapse in Shanghai was Miguel Angel Jimenez and the Spaniard was coincidentally Andersson Hed’s closest challenger going into the final round at Royal Park I Roveri.
However, as Jimenez surprisingly slumped to a closing 76, it was England’s David Horsey who threatened to pull off a spectacular win, going to the turn in 33 and rolling in a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th to claim a share of the lead.
Andersson Hed was feeling the tension but crucially Horsey bogeyed the 14th and 18th after wayward drives, allowing the 38-year-old from Halmstad to par his way home to a round of 73 and winning total of 16 under par.
Horsey, winner of the Challenge Tour in 2008, was second on 14 under after a closing 68, with Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, Sweden’s Peter Gustafsson and England’s Chris Wood sharing third two shots further back.
“It means a lot to win, both for the rankings and self-confidence,” Andersson Hed said. “It would have felt even better to have played well but I was here to be first and now I am first.
“It’s not so much a weight off my shoulders as a feeling of joy. It feels good after all the hard work I have put in over the last few years.”
Horsey refused to blame a 10-minute wait on the 18th tee for the bogey six which effectively ended his chances, but was disappointed not to have maintained his challenge.
“To bogey two of the last five holes is disappointing,” said the 25-year-old from Stockport, who was also second in Malaysia last year. “I got off to a flying start and I didn’t look at a leaderboard until around the 13th when I saw that it was very close.
“The wait on the 18th tee maybe threw me off rhythm a little bit but I can’t blame that. My drive caught a tree and went straight right and I didn’t get it back onto the fairway from there.
“I really thought I was in with a good shout and it’s disappointing but I can take a lot of positives from this week.”
Teenage prodigy Matteo Manassero, making his first professional start on home soil after a superb amateur career, carded a closing 71 to finish in a tie for 29th.
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