Sweden’s Peter Hanson has won the KLM Open at Hilversumsche Golf Club by two shots from Pablo Larrazabal of Spain and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay.
Hanson came close to withdrawing from the tournament on Friday when his one-year-old son was diagnosed with a respiratory virus. But the Ryder Cup star received positive news on the child’s condition and continued playing.
He ended thde tournament on 14-under-par, two ahead of his closest rivals, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay.
“It’s always a nice feeling to win, but especially this week with how things have been with my son being a little bit ill,” he said. “He has managed to get over that and he’s getting better and better, which is the most important thing. When he was put into hospital on Friday, I was panicking. He was not good for 12 to 14 hours there and as a parent that makes you feel very vulnerable. I just wanted to go back home and look after the family, but my wife convinced me to stay. They were in good hands; there was nothing I could do and she was telling me that, but when your kids get sick you don’t think straight.”
Richie Ramsay looked like he might make it three Scottish European Tour winners in a row following his victory last week and Paul Lawrie’s at Gleneagles the week before. He birdied three of the last four holes to match Hanson’s 68 but he came up two shots shy of the Swede.
“I definitely chased him down,” he said. “I said to him I gave you a scare there. It’s nice to see him win but I’m massively pleased with my performance and more world ranking points.”
Tied in second place was Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal. He challenged well for the victory, but a closing round of 70 put him out of the chase for the title.
“That is what happened today,” he said. “Level par with the way I played today tee to green is a poor score. You have to make the birdie putts.
Hilversumsche Golf Club, Hilversum, the Netherlands
Sep 6-9, purse €, par 70
1 Peter Hanson (Swe) 66 66 67 67 266 €300,000
T2 Pablo Larrazabal (Esp) 69 65 64 70 268 €156,340
T2 Richie Ramsay (Sco) 71 66 64 67 268 €156,340
4 Scott Jamieson (Sco) 68 64 66 71 269 €90,000
T5 Gonzalo Fdz-Castano (Esp) 67 65 66 73 271 €64,440
T5 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 68 70 64 69 271 €64,440
T5 Graeme Storm (Eng) 63 66 69 73 271 €64,440
T8 Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 69 68 69 66 272 €38,610
T8 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 70 65 67 70 272 €38,610
T8 Anders Hansen (Den) 70 67 68 67 272 €38,610
T8 Richard Sterne (RSA) 70 68 66 68 272 €38,610
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage