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Golf: Broberg downs Reed to clock Swedish century in Shanghai

Kristoffer Broberg won his first European Tour title at the BMW Masters. Photo: Getty Images.

Kristoffer Broberg, 29, won his first European Tour title at the BMW Masters. Photo: Getty Images.

November 15, 2015: Kristoffer Broberg sealed Sweden’s 100th European Tour victory on a day of high drama at the BMW Masters, beating American Patrick Reed with a brilliant birdie on the first play-off hole to claim his maiden title on the top tier.

 

The 29-year-old claimed four Challenge Tour titles in a sensational season in 2012, but victory in the penultimate event of the Final Series after a closing round of 68 was by far the biggest of his burgeoning career.

 

“I worked so hard all my life for this. I’m just so happy to win on the main tour, because I won four times on the Challenge Tour. I’m just so happy to win, because I worked so hard all year,” Broberg said.

 

“The players out there are really, really good and this is just a really good field, so I’m just happy to beat all of them. This means a lot to me. A few weeks ago, I could never win here. I was just so down and I’m so happy right now. I have no words.”

 

The lead changed hands countless times on a day of twists and turns at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. However, Ryder Cup star Reed looked to have taken charge of proceedings after he followed up a quite stunning eagle-three on the 15th – holing out from a fairway bunker from 97 yards – with a birdie on the 16th to move to 18-under-par.

 

However, Reed missed his par putt from four feet on the next hole to open the door for playing partner Broberg, who parred the last two holes, meaning both players finished on 17-under.

 

“I played great. Going into today, I knew I had to go shoot a low number. It is what it is. Of course, I’m not happy and not pleased with the result,” Reed said.

 

“But at the end of the day, if you would have told me I would have come over, finish second, I would have taken it and left. It was a solid week and I just have to build on it and have to do things just a little bit better to get in the winner’s circle.”

 

Both Thongchai Jaidee and ‘Big Ben’ An Byeong-hun, playing alongside Sergio Garcia in the final group, had makeable birdie putts on the final green to force their way into the playoff, but after their efforts came up short, the stage was set for a straight shootout between Broberg and Reed.

 

The American could only find the greenside bunker with his second shot to the 18th, and Broberg’s subsequent approach to ten feet piled the pressure on Reed, who splashed out to three feet.

 

Using a putter belong to the wife of his coach Viktor Gustavsson, Broberg belied his relative inexperience with a nerveless putt into the middle of the cup to spark jubilant scenes, with Henrik Stenson – who finished in a tie for third on 16-under – Rikard Karlberg and Alex Noren dousing the winner in champagne.

 

Victory moved Broberg to 12th place in The Race to Dubai and on course to qualify for the Bonus Pool money, awarded to the top 15 players in the Rankings on conclusion of next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

 

The 888,880 points Reed received for finishing runner-up moved him up to 15th in The Race to Dubai, one place ahead of Stenson, who came up just short after coming home in 31. 

Stenson was joined in a share of third place by An (70), Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (70) and Jaidee (71).

 

Justin Rose closed with a round of 67 to finish in a share of seventh place on 15-under alongside his fellow Englishman Paul Casey, who dropped his only shot of the day on the last for a round of 69.

 

Source: The European Tour (www.europeantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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