Peter Hanson gave Sweden its second successive Challenge Tour victory with a closing round of 66 in the Gunther Hamburg Classics in Germany. The 23 year old from Malmo finished` on 23 under par 265, three strokes clear of Dutchman, Robert Jan Derksen, who returned 68, and five ahead of four other players.
Hanson's prize of over £28,000 secures his tour card for next year after he romped up the rankings from nowhere to second place. The same should apply to Derksen, now sixth, who victory chance was lost with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13.
Hanson began the day a shot clear of the field but soon fell behind as playing partner, Michael Archer, from England, birdied two of the opening three holes. But from then on Archer never made further headway.
Hanson ran in back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth to regain the lead he never allowed to slip from his grasp. At one stage he was four clear, but Derksen recovered from two successive bogeys on the back nine to close the gap with three successive birdies before Hanson wrapped it up with a bogey-four at the last.
“This just feel great,” he said. “I came here having missed qualifying for the Open Championship by a shot so this is a bonus. I had a fantastic start with a first round 66 and apart from yesterday when I didn’t play so good, it has been a great week.
“I have never been 23 under before. Perhaps 15 under but never as low as this. I spoke to Joakim Haeggman yesterday, he is a good friend, and he told me to stay cool and to take each shot at a time.
“I have been struggling on the main tour this year after sucuring my card at the Tour School last November. But I think this may have secured my card for next year proving I play sufficient Challenge Tour events. Now I have to make a new plan for the rest of the year.”
Derksen, who has come close to winning a Challenge Tour title many times, was happy to finish second. “Peter played too good and when I saw that I was happy to be second,” he said.
Third place on 270 was shared between Andre Bossert from Switzerland, who returned 67, Peter Hedblom from Sweden with 69, England’s Simon Hurley, with 68, and Greig Hutcheon from Scotland, who came romping through the field with 65.
After going out in 35, he had seven threes in a back nine of 30 to earn 13,562 euro, which hoists him to fourth on the rankings and close to securing his card.
England’s Michael Archer, who began the day a shot adrift of Hanson, never got going and returned 71 for 271 and joint seventh spot. He would have finished joint third but missed from three feet for birdie at the last, a slip which cost him £2,500.
"That was disappointing," he said. "If I had holed that it would have been a very good week. But I missed too many greens today, especially with my short irons, which has left a bitter taste."
Archer was joined on 271 by Scott Drummond, the Scot closing with 69, along with another Swede, Klas Eriksson, who birdied the closing four holes in a 69.