A very Jubilant Jaidee wins the Nordea Masters in a play-off for the title.
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Jaidee won the Nordea Masters title in Sweden after a three-man sudden death play-off, at the first play-off hole, with a birdie. At the end of regulation play he was tied with Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson at -16 under par for the tournament. Jaidee had posted that total earlier in the day, and had to sit in the clubhouse to see if anyone could catch him. Eventually it came down to last four groups before he knew he was in a play-off.
A final round of -7 under par, which included an Eagle on the 11th, saw Jaidee sit on top of the leaderboard and sitting back to see if he could be caught;
“I worked hard today, I started with three birdies in a row, had another one on six, then a good comeback on 11.We were nervous the last few holes – 16, 17 and 18 are tough holes, but 16 under was good enough for a play-off.”
“Then you never know in a play-off. A play-off was good for me as I finished early so I was very lucky. I thought 16 under would be second or third with the last hole being a par five. I had a good drive, then I knew I couldn’t reach the green. I played a great shot as I knew the pin was very tough, so I played the hole really well.”
“The golf course is wide open, you have to hit good golf shots and the weather helped a little bit.”
Stephen whose missed birdie putt in the play-off was similar to the one he had made at the same hole 30 minutes earlier, said he was happy to get into the play-off;
“I had a good week and I was delighted to get into the play-off. I holed a lovely putt on the last after lipping out on both 16 and 17. Jaidee just hit a lovely shot there, or lovely three shots, on the last, which was playing really tough.”
“I was hoping to peak for a couple of weeks. I knew I was playing well, so to finish fifth and then second is not bad. I’m delighted with that. Play-offs are fine margins. My ball got up to four-foot from the hole and then spun back. If the wind drops a bit instead of gusting and I’m stone dead. Play-off golf, you need that bit of luck, but the putt to get into the play-off was great.”
Victor had the opportunity to win on 18 in regulation play with a birdie, but he somehow three-putted from just off the green and missed his chance. Robert-Jan Derksen also had a final round of -7 under par 65, it was good enough to give him fourth spot on his own at -15 under par.
Home town hero Henrik Stenson is still waiting for his first victory at home, he could only manage a last round -1 under par 71, to finish in fifth place at -14 under par.
” It was a disappointing last day, apart from the first hole I got off to a good start and made a couple of birdies, but the bogey on the sixth was a momentum killer.”
“It was one of those days when I didn’t quite get it going and missed a few chances and a couple of bogeys slipped onto the card too easily. You can’t afford that if you are going to win the tournament. I was still fighting and in with a chance on the last, but I just missed it in the wrong place. It left me in a bad spot.”
“It would have been nice to win in front of home fans, but there will be more chances and there will be more chances to win other golf tournaments, so you can’t be too disappointed.”