To Soren Kjeldsen, winning golf tournaments seems akin to waiting on a bus… you wait ages to record a tournament win, and then two come along in quick succession. Only four months after a European Tour title win at the Volvo Masters at Valderrama and with only one previous win in some 300 tournaments prior to that, the Dane has added again to his tally with victory in the Andalucia Open in Seville.
Kjeldsen won through in the final round from Scotland’s David Drysdale after a protracted battle over the closing holes before edging out his opponent by a comfortable three shot margin. Kjeldsen tried his best to throw the title away at the long 16th hole when he found the lake with his second shot and then had to sink a 5-metre putt to stay level with the Scot, before a birdie on the 17th gave the Dane a two-shot cushion after Drysdale had failed to save par by failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker.
Drysdale, who himself was bidding for his first tour victory in 166 starts, found another bunker off the tee at 18 before knocking his second shot into the water and eventually carded a double-bogey, effectively giving Kjeldsen the title by default. Although the Dane himself carded a bogey, it made little difference and Kjeldsen duly picked up the £156,000 first-prize and also earned himself a crack at the US Masters into the bargain.
Colin Montgomerie, who was playing in his 500th competitive Tour event as a professional faded after an opening 67 to finish in 31st place.
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