Changed man Edfors wins 3rd 2006 Title

European Tour

Tournament: The Barclays Scottish Open
Venue: Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
Winner: Johan Edfors

Swede Johan Edfors will be playing the first major championship of his life at the age of 30 at Hoylake this week. And if ever there was a late bloomer he is it.
Edfors’ victory in the Scottish Open on Sunday – after a scintillating closing round of 63 – was his third title in his last 10 starts.
Yet entering 2006 the Roger Federer look-a-like, who used to have Sven-Goran Eriksson’s son as his caddie, had never finished higher than ninth on the European Tour, had just paid his seventh visit to the qualifying school and was ranked 410th in the world.
Now he is 46th.
It was back in his college days, though, that Edfors was told that he had to change his ways if he was ever going to fulfil his potential.
“I went to the States to university and I really liked it over there, but I probably wasn’t focusing on the right things,” he said. “I had a couple of lost years.”
It reached the point where a good friend sat him down and told him what he thought.
“He is a golf teacher and was a mentor. He made up a schedule that I could only party once a month.
“That was probably the turning point, I think. It was boring, but I improved a lot.”
Not enough, though, for him to be an instant success when he turned professional.
Edfors’ first six trips to the qualifying school all ended in failure and although he did top the money list on the ‘second division’ Challenge Tour in 2003 he finished only 147th on the main circuit the following season and was back fighting for his future.
“After losing my card I realised that what I was doing wasn’t good enough. I had always done it my way and decided I was going to try to talk to more people and see if I needed to make some changes.
“I felt I couldn’t play good enough on European Tour courses. I thought I was well-prepared when I played my first year, but I wasn’t.
“I started with two new coaches and we are changing everything. There’s still a long way to go and it’s a work-in-progress.”
Incredibly, apart from his three wins this year the first was in China in March, the second in the British Masters at The Belfry in May – Edfors has not had another top-10 finish.
Indeed, since that initial victory he has not had anything better than 45th aside from the other two successes.
That explains why he has still to climb into the top 10 of the Ryder Cup table.
He would have been there but for the fact that Luke Donald was joint runner-up at Loch Lomond, a performance which puts him fifth in the table and leaves Edfors at 11th, some £35,000 behind 10th-placed Paul Broadhurst.
The Open, of course, is massive in the points race – first prize is £720,000, 20th place is £42,000 – but as the first major of his career it would be massive for Edfors, Ryder Cup or not.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES

271 Johan Edfors (Swe) 65 69 74 63
273 Luke Donald 68 69 70 66, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 66 72 67, Andres Romero (Arg) 72 64 68 69 (£178,966 each)
274 Tim Clark (Rsa) 69 67 69 69, Benn Barham 71 68 65 70, Darren Clarke 66 65 71 72, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 72 64 66 72 (£79,440 each)
275 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 71 67 69 68, Ernie Els (Rsa) 70 69 67 69, Raphael Jacquelin (Swe) 68 72 65 70
276 Kenneth Ferrie 71 69 71 65, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 72 69 66 69
277 Soren Hansen (Den) 73 66 71 67, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 70 69 71 67, Anders Hansen (Den) 74 66 70 67, Greg Owen 74 66 69 68, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 71 66 70 70, Ian Poulter 70 67 70 70, Ian Garbutt 71 67 69 70, David Lynn 70 68 69 70, Mark Foster 70 68 68 71, Jean-Francois Remesy (Fra) 73 65 67 72
278 Paul Lawrie 70 71 70 67, Phillip Archer 72 67 70 69, Stephen Gallacher 70 71 67 70, Colin Montgomerie 72 66 69 71, Tom Lehman (USA) 69 72 66 71, Damien McGrane 68 66 71 73
279 Lee Westwood 69 67 71 72, David Drysdale 65 70 69 75
280 David Bransdon (Aus) 67 71 73 69, Marcel Siem (Ger) 69 69 72 70, Richard Finch 70 69 69 72
281 Oliver Wilson 74 65 72 70, Simon Khan 69 72 69 71, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 68 70 71 72, David Howell 69 72 68 72
282 Brett Rumford (Aus) 72 67 75 68, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 69 69 74 70, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 70 69 73 70, Simon Wakefield 70 69 71 72, Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 68 70 71 73, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 71 70 68 73, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 71 69 69 73, Jamie Donaldson 68 67 71 76
283 Andrew Butterfield 67 73 73 70, Gary Clark 69 71 72 71, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 74 67 70 72, Paul Broadhurst 69 71 70 73, Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa) 67 74 69 73, Paul McGinley 69 71 69 74, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) 69 68 71 75
284 (x) Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 71 70 71 72, Steve Webster 73 68 71 72, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 68 70 73 73, Garry Houston 68 71 72 73, Gregory Havret (Fra) 69 67 73 75, Simon Dyson 70 70 69 75
285 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 72 69 72 72, Raymond Russell 67 69 75 74
286 Richard Bland 71 69 75 71, David Griffiths 70 71 70 75
287 Jonathan Lomas 69 71 74 73, Barry Lane 68 72 72 75
288 Hale Irwin (USA) 68 72 72 76
289 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 69 70 79 71
293 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 72 69 72 80
295 David Higgins 71 70 74 80

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