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European Golf Tour
Andersson Hed claims first win in Italy



Turin, Italy (Sports Network) - Fredrik Andersson Hed managed a one-over 73 Sunday, but it was enough for him to win the Italian Open by two strokes.

Andersson Hed, who won for the first time on the European Tour, finished at 16-under-par 272.

"It means a lot both rankings-wise and self-confidence-wise," Andersson Hed said of the win. "It would have felt even better to play well today, but I was here to be first and now I am first."

Andersson Hed has been to the European Tour's Qualifying Tournament 14 times, but this victory secures his tour card for two years.

"They might have," Andersson Hed said when asked if all those trips to Q- School helped him secure this win. "It was the same tension in the Qualifying School as it is out here when you're in contention."

David Horsey caught Andersson Hed with a birdie on the 13th, but bogeyed 14 and 18 at the Royal Park I Roveri to fall to 14-under 274 as he closed with a four-under 68.

Sweden's Peter Gustafsson fired a six-under 66 to jump into a share of third place at minus-12. He was joined there by Chris Wood (70) and Nicolas Colsaerts (70).

Andersson Hed opened the round with a six-stroke lead. He stumbled to a bogey on the first, but recovered that stroke with an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-five fifth.

The Swede parred the next three holes before he stumbled to a bogey at the par-four ninth. He made the turn with a three-stroke lead.

Horsey made his charge around the turn. He notched three birdies on the front nine, then poured in three consecutive birdies from the 11th to jump into a share of the lead at 16-under.

However, Horsey faltered to a bogey on the 14th to slide one back. He hit a poor drive into the trees at the last and that led to a closing bogey that dropped him two behind.

Andersson Hed played steady golf on the back nine as he posted nine straight pars to secure the win. He scrambled for several pars in that span and his best birdie chance was on the 15th, where he left himself 11 feet, but was unable to convert.

"I struggled a little bit on 11 and 12, then started playing a little better, not great, but still more solid the last seven or eight holes," Andersson Hed stated.

Spain's Ignacio Garrido closed with his second straight 70 to take sixth place at 11-under-par 277.

Stephen Dodd carded a five-under 67 Sunday to end in a tie for seventh at minus-10. he was joined there by Hennie Otto (70) and Graeme Storm (69).

NOTES: Amateur Andrea Pavan fired the low round of the day with his seven- under 65, which helped him leap 36 spots into a share of 22nd at minus- six...Matteo Manassero, the 2009 British Amateur champion, made his professional debut this week and managed four rounds of par or better, as he went 70-70-72-71 to end in a tie for 29th at minus-five...The tour returns to Spain next week for a new event, the Open Calla Millor Mallorca.

05/09 12:17:17 ET