Hedblom holds on for Johnnie Walker title
Sunday, August 30, 2009
GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Peter Hedblom shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Championship title by one stroke over Martin Erlandsson.
Erlandsson had 10 birdies for a 62 and second place. Hedblom won his third European Tour title at 13-under 275.
“This was my first on European soil, so to do it at the ‘Home of Golf’ – Scotland – is unbelievable,” Hedblom said.
Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie closed with a 69 to share third place with defending champion Gregory Havret (67), three strokes behind the leader.
Gary Orr also made 10 birdies for a 64, but had a double bogey on No. 5 and finished fifth.
Erlandsson birdied the second and fourth holes, then seven in a row from the sixth, just one shy of the European Tour record. He also birdied the 17th.
“I was trying to not let things run away in my head too much,” he said. “I played free and that was the key.”
The longest putt in his birdie run was from 20 feet at the 10th.