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Marcus Kinhult
Marcus Kinhult

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult was lost for words after producing a brilliant finish to claim his first European Tour title in a thrilling climax to the British Masters at Hillside.

Kinhult's chances looked to have gone when he surrendered a one-shot lead with bogeys on the 15th and 16th.

But the 22-year-old birdied the final two holes to finish a shot ahead of defending champion Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Scotland's Robert MacIntyre.

Pepperell had set the clubhouse target on 15 under after a closing 66 before MacIntyre produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to join him at the top of the leaderboard.

A four-man play-off looked on the cards when Kinhult birdied the 17th and playing partner Wallace missed from four feet.

But after Wallace also missed for birdie on the last, Kinhult holed from 12 feet to secure the £500,000 first prize.

"I'm speechless, I don't know what happened the last two holes," said Kinhult.

"I was behind Matt but I birdied 17 and all of a sudden I had a putt to win - it's incredible.

"It's really special. I have been waiting for this moment for 20 years."

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