Europe: Edfors shocks the stars

European Tour

Tournament:Quin Direct British Masters
Venue:The De Vere Belfry GC
Winner Johan Edfors

Swede Johan Edfors, 410th in the world at the start of the year, became the shock winner of the Quinn Direct British Masters at The Belfry today – after three of the biggest names in European golf all had a day to forget.
With a round to play, Paul Casey led by two from US Open champion Michael Campbell – with Darren Clarke one shot further back.
But in what became a comedy of errors, Casey and Clarke both shot 76 and Campbell had a 74 – and not one of them even managed second place, let alone take the £300,000 title.
Thirty-year-old Edfors, little-known until now apart from the fact that he used to have Sven-Goran Eriksson’s son as his caddie, needed only a closing 70 to take the title with an 11-under-par total of 277.
The winning cheque more than doubled his European tour earnings – and that is even taking into account his maiden victory on the circuit in China in March.
Edfors won there with a closing birdie.
This time he triumphed despite a closing bogey – and that rather summed up the final day’s action.
Birdie putts of 25 feet at the 15th and 17th, the two par fives on the inward half of the famous Ryder Cup venue, were the shots which suddenly make him a leading candidate for this September’s match in Dublin.
England’s Gary Emerson (67), Scot Stephen Gallacher (71) and Swede Jarmo Sandelin (70) finished joint second – and would have been in a play-off if they had birdied the 473-yard last.
Casey and Campbell came to the hole in the same position but were hardly full of confidence after what had gone before – and once both had missed the green, they bogeyed to fall into a tie for fifth place.
Clarke, meanwhile, bogeyed three of the last four and like Casey ended up with a 76 that dropped him down the leaderboard to 11th place.
ALL THE FINAL SCORES
277 Johan Edfors (Swe) 68 69 70 70 (£300,000)
278 Gary Emerson 68 70 73 67, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 67 71 70 70, Stephen Gallacher 71 66 70 71 (£134,226 each)
279 Michael Campbell (Nzl) 67 70 68 74, Paul Casey 67 66 70 76 (£69,660 each)
280 Paul Broadhurst 70 72 70 68 (£54,000)
281 Graeme McDowell 70 68 73 70, Jonathan Lomas 70 73 68 70, Tom Whitehouse 70 71 69 71
282 David Howell 70 72 72 68, Oliver Wilson 68 74 68 72, Darren Clarke 66 70 70 76
283 Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 72 72 74 65, Padraig Harrington 75 66 74 68, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 68 74 73 68, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) 71 71 72 69, Joakim Backstrom (Swe) 71 73 68 71, Richard Green (Aus) 70 69 73 71, Ian Poulter 68 69 74 72, Anders Hansen (Den) 73 69 69 72
284 Ross Fisher 73 70 73 68, David Bransdon (Aus) 69 72 74 69, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 70 70 73 71, Steven Jeppesen (Swe) 72 70 71 71, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 71 66 74 73
285 Jean Van de Velde (Fra) 72 72 73 68, Stephen Dodd 74 70 71 70, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 73 71 70 71, Simon Wakefield 71 73 70 71, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 71 73 69 72, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 71 69 72 73
286 Simon Dyson 71 73 71 71, Anthony Wall 75 68 72 71, Andrew Marshall 71 72 72 71, Robert-Jan Derksen (Ned) 72 72 70 72, David Lynn 70 72 72 72, Bradley Dredge 71 71 71 73, Graeme Storm 74 64 74 74
287 David Carter 71 73 72 71, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 69 72 74 72, Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 70 74 70 73, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 70 71 73 73
288 Marcus Fraser (Aus) 69 74 72 73, David Higgins 68 75 71 74, Gary Orr 70 73 71 74
289 Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 69 72 76 72, Gregory Havret (Fra) 72 70 75 72, Kenneth Ferrie 70 73 74 72, Simon Khan 74 68 75 72, Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 74 70 72 73, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 74 65 75 75, Warren Abery (Rsa) 71 68 73 77
290 Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 70 72 72 76, Ian Woosnam 69 71 73 77, Peter Hanson (Swe) 66 72 72 80
291 Jamie Donaldson 72 71 77 71, Leif Westerberg (Swe) 69 73 75 74, Barry Lane 75 67 74 75
292 Miguel Carballo (Arg) 71 73 75 73, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 74 70 73 75, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 73 71 73 75
293 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 75 69 79 70, Richard McEvoy 76 68 78 71, (x) Lloyd Saltman 69 75 76 73
295 Steven O’Hara 70 74 77 74, Gary Evans 69 75 77 74
297 Fredrik Widmark (Swe) 69 74 80 74, Phillip Price 70 73 77 77
299 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 70 74 80 75