Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Andersson keeps his Hed for maiden win

Fredrik Andersson Hed
Fredrik Andersson Hed

Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed held on to claim his first European Tour title at the 245th attempt after almost blowing a six-shot lead in the Italian Open.

Andersson Hed took a commanding advantage into the final round in Turin after a brilliant third round nine-under-par 63, but found himself pegged back by England's David Horsey.

Horsey moved into a share of the lead with his sixth birdie of the day on the 13th, but promptly dropped a shot at the next and also bogeyed the 18th after a 10-minute wait on the tee.

That gave Andersson Hed some much-needed breathing room and he was able to par the last two holes to complete a round of 73 for and winning total of 16 under par.

Horsey, winner of the Challenge Tour in 2008, was second on 14 under after a closing 68, with Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, Sweden's Peter Gustafsson and England's Chris Wood sharing third two shots further back.

“The first nine holes I was very tense,” admitted Anderson Hed, who carded two bogeys and one birdie in an outward 37.

“I started to loosen up a bit from the 11th and played a bit better. It still wasn't great, but it was a more solid last seven or eight holes.”

The 38-year-old from Halmstad regained his tour card after an incredible 14th trip to the qualifying school last November and admitted those experiences may have come in handy.

“They might, because it's the same tension at the qualifying school as it is out here when you're in contention,” added Andersson Hed, who claimed the winner's cheque for £186,856 and a one-year tour exemption.

Horsey refused to blame the lengthy wait on the final tee for the bogey six which effectively ended his chances of victory.

Ballyclare’s Gareth Maybin came in with a one under par 71 to finish in a share of 42nd place.

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