Friday, 19 March 2010
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Round Four  (Getty Images)
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Round Four (Getty Images)

Robert Karlsson was left lost for words after beating Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer in a three-way play-off to take the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

The Swede shot 65 at The Old Course to finish with a ten under par total of 278 but a birdie at the first extra hole gave him victory and took him top of The Order of Merit.

Karlsson, who won the Mercedes-Benz Championship in September, got off to a flying start with three birdies in his first four holes.

He also picked up shots at the seventh, tenth, 11th and 14th to leapfrog Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington at the top of The Order of Merit with a bogey free 65.

He said: “I played a bad round yesterday and all of a sudden got myself into the play-off and made a birdie on the first hole and was like, oh, that was quick.  I don't know what to say.

“It was very nice to play today compared to the last couple of days. It was a nice day out there.

On the race for The Order of Merit he added: "Obviously that's a bonus, but when I'm playing out here, you're just trying to do your best in each event. Padraig has won two majors already, so it's not down to who is the best player this year.”

Kaymer, who shared the overnight lead with Jarmo Sandelin, produced a four under par 68 but will rue his only bogey of the day at the 17th which came when he needed to par the last two holes for victory.

The 23 year old also missed a birdie putt at the 18th that would have given him the title.

The German had started with a run of five pars before back to back threes at the par four sixth and seventh took him to two under for the day.

He picked up further shots at the 12th, 14th and 16th before his dropped stroke at the penultimate par four hole.

He said: “I think still overall it was a really good week for me. I’m really pleased. Second place, you know I was really close to winning the tournament and it gives me a lot of pleasure.”

Fisher played the front nine of The Old Course in a five under 31, the Englishman posting five birdies before reaching the turn.

Fisher picked up a shot at the par four second, and another birdie came at the 480 yard fourth with another coming at the par five fifth.

Back to back birdies at the eight and ninth completed a flawless front nine.

Another birdie came at the tenth but Fisher dropped his first shot of the day at the par four 12th.

An eagle at the 618 yard 14th took him to ten under and that was how he finished.

“I think the course was there for the taking today,” he said.

“I played it Friday and it was pretty brutal; 40, 50 yard wind so we knew the forecast was going to be more generous for us today. I just wanted to put in a good performance and get off to a great start.

“I was five under through nine, six through ten, a couple of sticky patches, got a little unlucky on 11, but to eagle 14 was massive.”

Sandelin finished in fourth place after a 70 left him eight under.

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