Kjeldsen hangs on for Open de Andalucia title|
Seville, Spain (Sports Network) - Soren Kjeldsen only managed an even-par 72
in Sunday's final round, but it was enough to hang on and win the Open de
Kjeldsen finished at 14-under 274 and won by three shots at Real Club de Golf
"I've been so nervous all day," admitted Kjeldsen. "It was one of those days
where conditions were different. It was tougher. I didn't feel all that happy
about the way I was hitting the ball."
The three-stroke margin of victory over David Drysdale, who shot a two-over
74, was misleading. The pair was tied for the lead at 14-under par on the par-
Kjeldsen hit his second into the water at 16 and appeared to be in trouble.
Drysdale was dry, but missed the green with his third shot. Kjeldsen hit a
spectacular fourth to 15 feet, while Drysdale's birdie chip ran eight feet
past the stick.
Kjeldsen sank the tough par save and Drysdale converted his shorter par save
and the two remained tied.
At the par-three 17th, Drysdale blocked his tee ball into the right bunker.
Kjeldsen played a strong shot to 20 feet, then watched Drysdale chunk his
blast from the sand. Drysdale was still away and missed his 25-foot par save.
Kjeldsen rolled home his birdie effort and the two-shot swing left him two
clear with one to play.
The Dane hammered his drive down the fairway at the last and Drysdale landed
in a bunker. Drysdale pulled his approach into the water guarding the putting
Kjeldsen played it safe with his second and stopped the ball 20 feet from the
hole. Drysdale dropped and nearly hit his fourth into the water. He got up and
down from the side of the green for a double-bogey.
Kjeldsen took a very aggressive line with his birdie putt and ran it almost 10
feet past. He missed that putt, but the bogey hardly mattered thanks to
Drysdale's miscues at 18.
Kjeldsen visited the winner's circle for the third time on the European Tour.
His previous victories came at the 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles and
last year's Volvo Masters.
"The first time I felt comfortable was after making the putt on 16 actually,"
acknowledged Kjeldsen, who netted four birdies and four bogeys on Sunday .
"For some reason, that settled me down a bit. I needed to make a few good
putts, which I did."
For Drysdale, this runner-up finish was his best on the European Tour. He was
one-under par through 16 holes and had a great chance to get his first
Francesco Molinari (70) and Graeme Storm (69) shared third place at minus-10,
while Alastair Forsyth only shot a one-over 73 on Sunday and took fifth at
Andrew Coltart (70), Rhys Davies (70) and Marcel Siem (72) tied for sixth at
eight-under 280. Thomas Aiken (70) and John E. Morgan (69) shared ninth at
Last year's winner Thomas Levet carded an even-par 72 and tied for 14th at
Colin Montgomerie, the European Ryder Cup captain, celebrated his 500th
European Tour appearance this week. On Sunday, he posted a two-over 74 and
finished in a tie for 31st at even-par 288.
03/29 12:43:56 ET