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Play-off agony for Lawrie

Ireland's Peter Lawrie missed out on the Czech Open title as Swede Peter Hanson leapt from 15th to eighth in Europe's Ryder Cup race after winning a dramatic play-off with an 18-foot putt.

And it means Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Justin Rose cannot all play at Celtic Manor in October. Captain Colin Montgomerie will have to leave one of them out when he names his three wild cards next Sunday.

Hanson, who was not even in the penultimate event of the year-long race until he received an invitation last Monday, looked like blowing a four-stroke lead as the pressure mounted on the final day in Celadna. But the 32-year-old birdied the long 16th, then parred the last two to tie with Lawrie and England's Gary Boyd on the 10-under-par mark of 278.

They had shot 66 and 68 to his error-ridden 74, but after all parred the first extra hole Hanson took his chance on the next after the other two had both missed their birdie attempts.

"To make that putt feels fantastic," he said after taking his European Tour play-off record to three wins out of three.

"And to know I had to come here and win (to climb into the top nine on the points table) and pull it off feels great.

"There's another week to go, but it looks so much better now."


From Belfast Telegraph