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Hanson wins playoff for Czech Open title



Celadna, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - Peter Hanson birdied the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat Peter Lawrie and Gary Boyd and win the Czech Open.

The victory was Hanson's fourth on the European Tour and his second this season. He captured the Iberdrola Open Mallorca earlier this year, also in a playoff.

Hanson, the third-round leader, struggled to a two-over 74 to join Lawrie (66) and Boyd (68) at 10-under 278.

Anthony Wall shot a five-under 67 and finished fourth at nine-under 279.

Julien Guerrier (69) and Simon Dyson (72) shared fifth at minus-eight.

Boyd had the most dramatic path to the playoff. He drained a seven-footer for birdie on the 18th in regulation to join Lawrie at 10-under par. Hanson, who birdied 16 to join the mix at minus-10, parred the last and they headed back to the 18th tee for sudden death.

Lawrie was the only player to miss the fairway off the tee at 18. All three players landed on the putting surface, but none had decent looks at birdie. The trio all missed and each had tricky little par putts, but all three converted.

All three hit the short grass back on 18 the second time around in the playoff. Lawrie knocked his second to 25 feet, but Boyd could only manage to hit his second to 45 feet. Hanson hit a strong second shot 18 feet from the flagstick.

Both Boyd and Lawrie missed their birdie tries. Hanson stepped up and ran home his birdie putt to get the victory.

Perhaps one of the best side benefits of Sunday's victory for Hanson is that he has moved into the top nine for an automatic spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

With next week the last week of qualifying, Hanson stands in great shape to be a member of Colin Montgomerie's team against the United States on October 1.

"To come here and play and know I pretty much have to win to have a chance to get on that Ryder Cup team, then to manage to pull it together was fantastic," he said.

Hanson parred the first hole, then went on a disastrous run that cost him the lead. He three-putted the second hole for a bogey, couldn't save par from a bunker at three and made it three straight bogeys when he missed a six-footer at four.

He momentarily stopped the bleeding with a chip-in birdie at the fifth. A five-foot birdie putt at the 10th gave Hanson the lead at 11-under par, but a double-bogey at No. 12 knocked out of first.

With Lawrie in the clubhouse at 10-under and Boyd about to get there at 18, Hanson matched them with a five-foot birdie putt at the par-five 16th. He missed the green at the last, but chipped to two feet and holed the putt to get into the playoff, which he eventually won.

"It was a bit of a roller coaster today," said Hanson.

Miguel Angel Jimenez posted a one-over 73 on Sunday and fell into a tie for seventh place with Fredrik Andersson Hed, who had a two-under 70. They finished at minus-seven and Jimenez will most likely have to wait and see if Montgomerie picks him for the Ryder Cup team.

NOTES: Last year's winner Oskar Henningsson had a 10-over 82 and fell into a tie for 67th at plus-eight...Next week is the final qualifying tournament for the Ryder Cup - the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, where Peter Hedblom won last year.

08/22 13:43:03 ET