|-17 J Caldwell (NI), -16 In Otaegui (Spa), -15 A Hewson (English)|
|Others selected:-11 J Scrivener (Australia), -ten Dr. Drysdale (Sco), -6 H Stenson (Sweden)|
Northern Irishman Jonathan Caldwell had a superb final round of eight under par to win his first European Tour event at the Scandinavian Mixed.
Caldwell sank an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys to compete with a round of 64.
A stunning approach shot on the 18, which set up an easy putt for a birdie, tied Caldwell for the lead with Spaniard Adrian Otaegui in Sweden.
However, Otaegui could only bogey the last to give Caldwell his first title.
Caldwell’s charge on the final day meant he finished the inaugural tournament at Vallda Golf Club 17 under par, one stroke past Otaegui.
Otaegui had a putt to win on the 18th, but charged his birdie attempt four feet from the hole and missed the return putt.
‘It’s one of my dreams’
After winning in Gothenburg, an emotional Caldwell said winning on the European Tour has long been a dream of his.
“It’s been a dream for me for a long time. There is a lot of hard work. It hasn’t quite sunk yet, but I hope more to come,” said the Clandeboye golfer, who was playing his 47th event on the European circuit. .
“In 2009, I played my first year, lost my card, played mini-tours and Challenge Tours over the years; I also worked at a local golf store. road has been long but finally I am here.
“The golf club at home is probably going to go nuts, so just put a note, crack the boys and enjoy.
“My parents have been with me all along so I can’t wait to talk to them tonight.”
England’s Alice Hewson needed to be last to force a play-off, but had to settle for a final of 69 to finish third in the first round of the European Tour featuring men and women competing in the same route for one price. and a trophy.
Caldwell, who partnered with Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup, started the day three heads-up but covered his first 11 holes in six under par, then drilled 40 feet for an eagle on 14 to move two strokes ahead.
That lead was short-lived thanks to a combination of his bogey on the 15th and Jason Scrivener birdieing on the 10th – but a birdie on the 16th brought Caldwell back in front.
A buggy on the 17th looked like it would come at a cost, but Caldwell rebounded brilliantly with a superb approach to the last.
The resulting tap-in birdie set the clubhouse’s goal at 17 under par and although Otaegui quickly reached that mark with a two-putt birdie on par five 16th, his bogey on the final hand. gave the title to Caldwell.