Johan Edfors, with a solid final round of 70, emerged victorious as the more established players stumbled over the closing holes. The Swede, despite a bogey at the first hole, did what he had to do, four birdies affording him the luxury of a closing bogey to record the biggest win of his career. Edfors also won the TCL Classic in China earlier in the year.
The winner’s cheque of 438,000 euros more than doubled his European Tour earnings and now puts him in contention for a berth in the Ryder Cup team in September. As Edfors said,
“I’m halfway there. Two more wins or one big one and I could make it,”
It doesn’t matter how good you are, it’s always tough to win from the front. The fact is, only one in ten first round leaders go on to win the tournament. England’s Paul Casey led for most of the tournament but blew a three shot lead with 10 holes to play, to shoot 76 and finish in a tie for 5th place. US Open champion Michael Campbell had 74 and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke shot a disappointing 76.