Hanson wraps up Ryder place
Here’s the latest news from the European Tour’s all-important Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles
Swede Peter Hanson became the eighth member and fifth new cap in Europe’s Ryder Cup team when he did what he had to do at in Sunday’s final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Hanson, winner of last week’s Czech Open, needed a top-43 finish to guarantee a debut at Celtic Manor and, when birdies at the 15th and 17th helped him to a closing 73, he knew he had done enough.
“It feels great – tonight I’m going to celebrate and tomorrow as well,” said the 32-year-old. “I just tried to take it one shot at a time.
“I was very tired and was trying not to think about making the team, but I felt a little bit of pressure and those birdies felt great.”
At three over for the day and level par for the tournament after 14 holes, he was outside where he would have to be if Simon Dyson won the title, but he rolled in a 20-footer on the 15th and two holes later struck an eight iron to two feet.
Meanwhile, Francesco Molinari was still one ahead of his brother Edoardo after five holes.
Francesco is another of Colin Montgomerie’s debutants, while Edoardo is in contention for a wild card – and would strengthen his claims no end by winning.
Dyson was joint second after a birdie on the second, but bogeyed the next two.
He could still make the team, though, if he wins and Miguel Angel Jimenez finishes outside the top nine here, although the chances of that happening were looking slim. Jimenez had moved into a tie for third while Dyson was sixth.
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