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Karlsson heads to Valhalla with win

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PULHEIM, Germany – Robert Karlsson got his first victory in two years, shooting 1-under 71 Sunday to win the Mercedes-Benz Championship by two strokes over Francesco Molinari.

The 39-year-old Swede finished at 13-under 275 for his first victory since the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship. A member of the European Ryder Cup team, he has had nine top-10 finishes this year, including three in the majors.

“It feels very nice to win, great relief to do it,” Karlsson said. “It would be strange to finish without a title.”

Molinari, of Italy, had four consecutive birdies on the back nine to finish with a 70.

The other European Ryder Cup players in the tournament played well going into the competition against the U.S. that runs Friday through next Sunday at Valhalla in Kentucky.

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain had six birdies in a 66 to total 279 for a share of third place with Ross Fisher of England (70) and Michael Campbell of New Zealand (70).

Soren Hansen of Denmark, last year’s winner, had a 69 to finish tied for eighth, while Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (71) ended with a share of 16th.

Former Masters champion Fred Couples (72) and two-time major winner John Daly (77) finished 16 and 20 shots behind Karlsson, respectively.

Karlsson led by three shots coming into the final round. He birdied his first hole, but bogeys at Nos. 3-4 trimmed his lead to two shots. He recovered quickly with three consecutive birdies, stretching his lead to five strokes after seven holes.

Molinari missed a short putt for birdie at the par-3 16th that would have cut the lead to one shot after Karlsson bogeyed the hole. Molinari also had a birdie attempt at the next hole that stopped just short.

“He played fantastic, but the 17th definitely gave me a little bit of a cushion,” Karlsson said.

Karlsson’s eighth career European title moved him from sixth to second place on the Order of Merit, behind Padraig Harrington of Ireland.

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the Mercedes Benz Championship, played Sept. 11-14 at thepar-72 Gut Larchenhof Golf Club in Cologne, Germany:

1. Robert Karlsson E320,000 67-69-68-71–275
-13 2. Francesco Molinari 220,000 71-71-65-70–277
-11 3. Michael Campbell 101,517 71-70-68-70–279
-9 3. Ross Fisher 101,517 68-73-68-70–279
-9 3. Miguel Angel Jimenez 101,517 72-73-68-66–279
-9 6. Richard Finch 64,000 66-73-70-72–281
-7 6. Jose Manuel Lara 64,000 73-69-67-72–281
-7 8. Soren Hansen 44,667 73-67-73-69–282
-6 8. Martin Kaymer 44,667 74-70-68-70–282
-6 8. Marcel Siem 44,667 72-68-72-70–282
-6 11. David Dixon 34,467 72-71-71-70–284
-4 11. Jeev Milkha Singh 34,467 73-70-73-68–284
-4 11. Marc Warren 34,467 72-69-72-71–284
-4 14. Peter Hanson 30,000 69-69-73-74–285
-3 14. Steve Webster 30,000 73-72-68-72–285
-3 16. Stuart Appleby 25,500 74-75-68-69–286
-2 16. Gregory Havret 25,500 73-74-67-72–286
-2 16. Mikko Ilonen 25,500 72-70-67-77–286
-2 16. Soren Kjeldsen 25,500 73-70-73-70–286
-2 16. Jean-Francois Lucquin 25,500 66-71-70-79–286
-2 16. Graeme McDowell 25,500 72-73-70-71–286
-2 22. Richard Green 22,000 72-72-72-71–287
-1 22. Paul Lawrie 22,000 70-72-71-74–287
-1 22. David Lynn 22,000 73-75-69-70–287
-1 25. Gregory Bourdy 19,900 76-72-71-69–288
E 25. Darren Clarke 19,900 76-74-69-69–288
E 25. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 19,900 80-66-73-69–288
E 25. Peter Hedblom 19,900 73-70-72-73–288
E 29. Markus Brier 17,500 72-74-72-71–289 + 1 29. Johan Edfors 17,500 74-67-73-75–289 + 1 29. Chapchai Nirat 17,500 70-76-71-72–289 + 1 29. Alexander Noren 17,500 71-71-72-75–289 + 1 33. Maarten Lafeber 15,700 71-77-72-70–290 + 2 33. Richard Sterne 15,700 70-73-70-77–290 + 2 35. Fred Couples 14,800 75-70-74-72–291 + 3 35. James Kingston 14,800 69-73-72-77–291 + 3 37. Ariel Canete 13,200 73-72-73-74–292 + 4 37. Ignacio Garrido 13,200 75-75-70-72–292 + 4 37. David Howell 13,200 76-74-68-74–292 + 4 37. Thomas Levet 13,200 75-75-70-72–292 + 4 37. Paul McGinley 13,200 73-74-71-74–292 + 4 37. Damien McGrane 13,200 70-75-75-72–292 + 4 43. Felipe Aguilar 11,800 71-77-70-75–293 + 5 44. Niclas Fasth 10,600 80-72-72-70–294 + 6 44. David Frost 10,600 71-72-77-74–294 + 6 44. Anders Hansen 10,600 76-76-70-72–294 + 6 44. Raphael Jacquelin 10,600 74-71-75-74–294 + 6 44. Alvaro Quiros 10,600 71-73-74-76–294 + 6 49. John Daly 9,400 73-71-74-77–295 + 7 50. Prayad Marksaeng 8,800 71-73-80-72–296 + 8 50. Mads Vibe-Hastrup 8,800 72-75-74-75–296 + 8 52. Peter Lawrie 7,800 72-76-74-75–297 + 9 52. Phillip Price 7,800 71-76-74-76–297 + 9 52. Scott Strange 7,800 74-74-79-70–297 + 9 55. Daniel Chopra 6,600 78-76-72-72–298 + 10 55. Robert-Jan Derksen 6,600 75-77-75-71–298 + 10 55. Charl Schwartzel 6,600 73-75-74-76–298 + 10 58. Simon Dyson 5,800 76-74-76-74–300 + 12 58. Per-Ulrik Johansson 5,800 73-74-72-81–300 + 12 58. Bernhard Langer 5,800 70-76-81-73–300 + 12 61. Alastair Forsyth 5,200 74-78-76-73–301 + 13 61. Mikael Lundberg 5,200 80-75-70-76–301 + 13 61. Sven Struver 5,200 72-76-75-78–301 + 13 64. Graeme Storm 4,800 75-71-73-83–302 + 14 65. Pablo Larrazabal 4,500 76-75-80-72–303 + 15 65. Mardan Mamat 4,500 76-76-74-77–303 + 15 67. Mark Brown 4,100 76-78-76-76–306 + 18 67. Stephen Dodd 4,100 73-76-78-79–306 + 18 69. Retief Goosen 3,650 76-76-78-77–307 + 19 69. Anton Haig 3,650 74-78-81-74–307 + 19 69. Hennie Otto 3,650 77-78-79-73–307 + 19 72. Oliver Fisher 3,350 75-74-80-81–310 + 22 73. John Bickerton 3,050 80-76-74-83–313 + 25 73. S S P Chowrasia 3,050 79-76-79-79–313 + 25 73. Pablo Martin 3,050 77-79-80-77–313 + 25 76. Scott Drummond 2,750 84-74-81-78–317 + 29 77. Jyoti Randhawa 2,600 77-83-79-81–320 + 32 WD. Daniel Vancsik 2,450 81-WD

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