2004: PGA European Tour - Key holes fuel Hanell victory
Santo Da Serra, Madeira Islands
When Brad Kennedy looks back at the reasons he didn’t win the Madeira Island Open, the Australian should look no further than the 18th hole at Santo da Serra.
And for the reason he won, Christopher Hanell can look to the 17th, which the Swede birdied March 28 for his first PGA European Tour victory.
Hanell became the fourth Swedish winner at Madeira Island in 12 years, following Mats Lanner (1994, 1998), Jarmo Sandelin (1996) and Niclas Fasth (2000). It was the first victory in 119 events for Hanell, whose best finish on the European Order of Merit was No. 62 in 1999, his rookie year. He lost his card following the 2002 season and played last year on the European Challenge Tour before regaining his 2004 card at Qualifying School.
Hanell, who finished 4-under-par 284, avoided the mistakes that plagued others in a final round that was played in strong winds and driving rain.
The same couldn’t be said for Kennedy. The Aussie – who opened with a 10-under 62 for a four-stroke lead after Round 1 – stood at 9 under par and led by three through six holes of the suspended third round in the rain-plagued event.
He returned to the course early Sunday to finish his third round, and it wasn’t pretty. He double bogeyed the par-4 ninth, then stumbled home with a bogey at No. 17 and a quadruple bogey at the par-4 18th that was really a triple bogey. Thinking he had taken a penalty drop rather then a free drop from a cart path, Kennedy miscounted and signed for an 8 (giving him a third-round 80) when in fact he had scored a 7. The one-shot mistake ultimately proved costly when he bogeyed the 18th in Round 4 and lost by one.