Denmark's Huldahl wins Wales Open

Updated: 07 June 2009 17:04 IST

Jeppe Huldahl, ranked 377th in the world, shot a 4-under-par 67 to win the Wales Open by one stroke and claim his first European Tour title on Sunday.

Denmark's Huldahl wins Wales Open

Newport, Wales:

Jeppe Huldahl, ranked 377th in the world, shot a 4-under-par 67 to win the Wales Open by one stroke and claim his first European Tour title on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Dane, who moved to the main Tour this year after three years on the satellite Challenge Tour, birdied four holes and did not drop a stroke at Celtic Manor.

He finished on 275, nine under par.

Niclas Fasth of Sweden birdied the last for a 5-under 66 to take second place on 276 with Spaniard Ignacio Garrido (69) third on 277.

Gary Lockerbie, after a week's best 65, and fellow Englishman Danny Willett (67) shared fourth place on 278.

"I am so surprised at winning," Huldahl said. "I was so nervous on the last three holes, I couldn't feel my hands. Playing 18 was a very emotional experience."

Fasth holed a 70-yard lob wedge for an eagle at the 11th on the way to his 66.

"I wasn't playing great but the putting came around after I changed to a new putter this week," he said.

He was right in the hunt at that point, but bogeys at the 16th and 17th cost him his chance.

"Normally if I'm comfortable I don't screw up like that, but I am not quite there yet. I haven't been really confortable all week," Fasth, a former Ryder Cup player, said.

Halfway leader Richie Ramsay of Scotland, the 2006 U.S. Amateur champion, escaped a possible two-shot penalty after concern he had broken a rule during the rain-disrupted third round Saturday.

The 2006 amateur champion was questioned for nearly two hours Saturday night about an incident on the eighth hole, where he was seen on television pressing the ground behind his ball before playing a shot. In the end, no penalty was inflicted.

But the Scot did incur a one-stroke penalty for an infraction on the final hole Sunday morning, when he completed the last two holes of his third round, both of which he bogeyed to complete a 5-over 76.

He then shot 69 in the final round to tie for 10th.

Colin Montgomerie, Europe's Ryder Cup captain, closed with a 71 for 287 and tied for 37th.

Rival captain Corey Pavin had a 73 for 288 and tied 43rd.

Topics : Golf
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