Late birdie helps Johnson win in Sweden
STOCKHOLM – Richard Johnson of Sweden won the Scandinavian Masters on Sunday, making a 30-foot birdie putt at the last hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and finish a stroke clear of Rafa Echenique of Argentina.
Johnson, who shared the overnight lead with K.J. Choi, finished with a total of 11-under 277 at Stockholm’s Bro Hof Slott.
“This is a huge tournament to win for a Swede,” Johnson said. “I’m speechless right now, it’s epic.”
Echenique made four birdies in a 69, while Edoardo Molinari of Italy (69) was a shot further back in third.
British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (73) was tied for fourth place with Brett Rumford of Australia (69) and New Zealand’s Mark Brown (71). Choi had dropped out of contention after shooting two double bogeys in a 78.
Echenique replaced Johnson as leader after making birdies at the 12th and 13th holes. The two were tied again at the 18th before Johnson holed his 30-foot put to win his second European Tour title.
“I’m very disappointed because I played really, really well,” Echenique said. “But that’s golf.”
Oosthuizen was bidding to become the first player to follow a British Open victory with a European Tour win a week later.
“It was a great week, I had lots of fun, the crowd was unbelievable,” Oosthuizen said Sunday.