Sweden’s Dennis Edlund bridged a four-year winless gap when he won the San Paolo Vita Open in Italy. The 35-year-old carded a closing 63 for a 15-under-par total of 273, finishing a shot ahead of Marcello Santi from Italy and two clear of fellow Swede Henrik Stenson and Scots, Scott Drummond and Andrew Raitt.
Edlund last tasted victory in 1996 when he won back-to-back victories in the Rolex Trophy in Switzerland and the Challenge Tour Championship at East Sussex National.
At Margara, he came from six shots back, carding an eagle and eight birdies in his 63 for his lowest return in 12 years as a professional.
He also leapt from 53rd to 22nd on the Challenge Tour rankings after collecting the first prize of £7,571.
“I didn’t know I was leading until I finished my round,” said Edlund. “It’s nice to win again. My last victories were four years ago but more important, it now means I can play next week in France and I won’t have to pre-qualify for the Tour School in Spain next month.”
Stenson, No.1 on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit and with two wins already under his belt, was favourite to make it three. He was level with Edlund with two holes to play but suffered a double-bogey six at the 17th after driving into bushes and then three-putting to slip back to joint third.
Surrey-based Drummond had five birdies in a 69 and would have finished alongside Edlund but for back-to-back bogeys at the seventh and eighth, while Raitt, who began the day as joint leader with Stenson and Santi, ran up three bogeys along with four birdies in a 71.
Santi, who has not won for two years, also had his chance after carding four birdies in five holes on his back nine. But he couldn’t find that extra shot which would have tipped the balance.
Despite his third place, Stenson has extended his lead at the top of the rankings as second-placed David Higgins from Ireland closed with a 75 to finish down the field on 285.Final results and prize money