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Caldwell beats Aussies to ‘combined’ title

Caldwell beats Aussies to ‘combined’ title

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell has given himself the correct belated birthday uncover by claiming his first European Tour title in the inaugural Scandinavian Blended tournament.

Caldwell, who neatly-known his 37th birthday on Thursday, fired an eagle and eight birdies in a gleaming supreme spherical of 64 to attain 17-beneath par, a shot sooner than Spain’s Adrian Otaegui.

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Otaegui had a putt to capture on the 18th nonetheless charged his birdie strive four feet past the gap and left out the return putt.

England’s Alice Hewson wished to eagle the final to drive a play-off nonetheless had to accept a par to attain third in the first tournament on the European Tour to feature women and men competing on the the same direction, although playing off diverse tees, for one prize fund and one trophy.

There had been high hopes of an Australian victory going into the final spherical with Jason Scrivener in a tie for the lead with three others and frail Scott Hend correct a shot in the abet of.

However the 32-year-extinct Scrivener, who’d racked up a 2d-location attain at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January and became hoping for a necessary capture on the European Tour, ended up shooting a disappointing one-over 73, now not immediately finishing joint-seventh on 11-beneath.

The 47-year-extinct Hend became joint-fourth, correct four pictures off the tempo, with his final spherical 70.

Caldwell, who’d partnered Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup, started the day three pictures off the lead nonetheless coated his first 11 holes in six-beneath and then holed from 40 feet for an eagle on the 14th to transfer two pictures clear.

“It be been a dream of mine for an terrible very long time,” Caldwell acknowledged. “A ramification of laborious work goes into it. It hasn’t relatively sunk in but, nonetheless confidently extra to come.

“The capture is particular sufficient, nonetheless to be doing the presentation on the 18th inexperienced with (tournament hosts) Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson, two absolute icons in the sector of golf, is very nice.

“In 2009, I performed my first year, misplaced my card, performed mini tours and Stutter Tour over time, worked as neatly in a neighborhood golf store, Nevada Bob’s in Bangor for four or 5 years while I became playing EuroPro Tour.

“I’d work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, trot Tuesday morning and abet home Friday night.

“In particular after a injurious week you would possibly perchance well reflect, ‘What am I doing?’ However I completely did now not need to use the the relaxation of my days working in a golf store so I stuck at it and persevered and happily I did.

“It be been a protracted street nonetheless at final I am right here. The golf club at home it could in point of fact be going bonkers, so correct set apart a tab on and crack on boys and revel in.”

Caldwell beats Aussies to ‘combined’ title