Oskar Henningsson was left feeling “overwhelmed” after capturing his first European Tour title with a two shot victory at the Moravia Silesia Open presented by ALO Diamonds.
The Swede, who is enjoying his debut season on The European Tour after victory at Qualifying School last November, shot a brilliant final round 67 for a 13 under total at Prosper Golf Resort to beat England’s Sam Little and Steve Webster, who finished tied for second.
The 23 year old started the day three shots behind Webster but after birdies at the first and fourth he moved into a share of the lead when his approach to four feet at the eighth saw him pick up another shot.
After an outward 32 Henningsson picked up two more shots on the way in and despite a bogey at the last he became the second rookie to win in 2009 after Tano Goya’s success in Madeira.
“It feels great. I'm overwhelmed by it,” he said. “I had no expectations that I would win this week, it feels strange but good.
“I'm very happy but I'm tired at the moment - I've not realised what I have done yet. I've a ten hour trip home by car so I will have a lot of time to think about it and what I have done.”
Henningsson recorded the best finish of his career with a tie for fourth at last week’s SAS Masters but quadrupled his career earnings on The European Tour with the €333,330 winner’s cheque here.
Henningsson’s victory was made all the more remarkable as he started the week with a double bogey seven and he becomes only the third player after José Maria Olazábal and Gordon Brand Junior to win Qualifying School and then land a title in their maiden European Tour season.
“Of course it would be fantastic if I could have a career like theirs. Hopefully this is the starting point for me to achieve similar things to what they have done,” he added.
“I felt the game was really good last week and I was trying to keep the same game as in Sweden. It's been really good the last few weeks. I know I can contend as I've been there before. I was hoping to win this year but I didn't expect to this soon.”
Zimbabwe’s Marc Cayeux, England’s Graeme Storm and Spain’s Ignacio Garrido - who led for much of the day before four bogeys in a row from the tenth - were tied fourth on ten under.