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Jaidee wins Nordea Masters playoff
Malmo, Sweden (SportsNetwork.com) - Thongchai Jaidee birdied the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher and win the Nordea Masters.
Jaidee closed with a 7-under 65 to get in first at 16-under-par 272. Dubuisson shot 67 on Sunday, while Gallacher posted a 4-under 68 in the final round.
The trio returned to the par-5 18th for the playoff. All three players laid up with their second shots. Dubuisson played first and his third shot stopped about 40 feet left of the hole.
Gallacher's approach stopped 20 feet from the hole, before Jaidee stuffed his third within four feet. After Dubuisson and Gallacher missed their putts and tapped in for par, Jaidee knocked in his birdie try to win for the sixth time on the European Tour.
"I worked hard today. I started with three birdies in a row, had another one on six, then a good comeback on 11," Jaidee said. "We were nervous the last few holes - 16, 17 and 18 are tough holes - but 16-under was good enough for a playoff. The golf course is wide open, you have to hit good golf shots and the weather helped a little bit."
Robert-Jan Derksen carded a 7-under 65 to grab fourth place at minus-15 on the Lake Course at PGA Sweden National.
Third-round co-leader and hometown favorite Henrik Stenson needed birdie at the last to gain a spot in the playoff, but he tripped to a bogey to end two back. Stenson shot 1-under 71 in the final round to end at 14-under 274.
Eddie Pepperell, who shared the third-round lead with Stenson, closed with an even-par 72. He was joined in sixth place at minus-13 by Alvaro Quiros (71) and Robert Karlsson (63), who matched the course record on Sunday.
Jaidee flew out of the gate with three straight birdies from the first to jump to 12-under. He traded a birdie for a bogey from the seventh.
Around the turn, Jaidee made eagle on the par-5 11th. He notched back-to-back birdies from the 14th to finally gain a share of the lead. Jaidee stood alongside Dubuisson at that point, and he parred the last three to get in first at minus-16.
Dubuisson birdied the first for the third round in a row. After three straight pars, he moved to 13-under with a birdie on the fifth.
The Frenchman converted back-to-back birdie tries at seven and eight, and that gave him a piece of the lead with Stenson and Pepperell. Dubuisson grabbed the lead at minus-16 when he birdied the 11th. However, he closed with seven pars in a row to close out a bogey-free round and earn a spot in the playoff.
Gallacher opened with a birdie on the first and he came back with a birdie on the sixth to get to 14-under. Around the turn, he earned a share of he lead with birdies on 11 and 14.
The reigning Dubai Desert Classic winner tripped to a bogey on the 17th, but closed with a birdie on No. 18. For the week, Gallacher played the first, 11th and 18th, all par-5s, in 12-under par as he birdied all three holes in every round.
NOTES: Jaidee, who earned 250,000 euros for the win, became the oldest winner in event history ... Jaidee's 4-shot comeback equaled the biggest comeback in the history of the tournament ... The European Tour heads to Austria next week for the Lyoness Open, where Joost Luiten won by two strokes over Thomas Bjorn last year.
06/01 13:16:32 ET
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