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Højgaard shoots 63 to win European Masters by 1 stroke

August 29, 2021 GMT
Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark poses with the trophy after winning the European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Hojgaard fired a 7-under round of 63 with a flurry of birdies late in his round to win the European Masters on Sunday. He won by one stroke from Bernd Wiesberger who made double bogey at the 18th after hitting into green-side water.  (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)
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Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark poses with the trophy after winning the European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Hojgaard fired a 7-under round of 63 with a flurry of birdies late in his round to win the European Masters on Sunday. He won by one stroke from Bernd Wiesberger who made double bogey at the 18th after hitting into green-side water. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)
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Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark poses with the trophy after winning the European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Hojgaard fired a 7-under round of 63 with a flurry of birdies late in his round to win the European Masters on Sunday. He won by one stroke from Bernd Wiesberger who made double bogey at the 18th after hitting into green-side water. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Rasmus Højgaard shot a 7-under 63 to win the European Masters on Sunday by one stroke from Bernd Wiesberger, who made double bogey at the 18th after hitting into green-side water.

Wiesberger, who is on the fringes of selection for Europe’s Ryder Cup team next month, hit his tee shot at the par-4 18th into a bunker then found water with his second shot.

The Austrian player took a six and carded a 65 to fall into second place in the tournament at the high-altitude Crans-sur-Sierre club.

The 20-year-old Højgaard’s late charge had left him leading in the clubhouse on a 13-under total of 267 that held up for his third victory on the European Tour.

“At the moment it’s a bit surreal. I didn’t expect to be in this position but it’s amazing,” he said.

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Højgaard’s round of five birdies and one eagle-3 on the 14th included playing the last six holes in 5-under par. He made a mid-range birdie putt at the 18th that proved decisive.

Henrik Stenson also shot a clean round of 63, with seven birdies in the sun-bathed Swiss Alps to move up to third place at 11 under.

Playing in the final group, morning co-leaders Sean Crocker (70) and Renato Paratore (71) finished in ties for fourth and seventh, respectively, after starting at 10 under.

Højgaard now has a victory in each of his three years as a professional. He won the Mauritius Open in December 2019 and the UK Championship exactly one year ago.

The winner’s check was for 333,333 euros ($393,000) from a 2 million euros ($2.36 million) prize fund at the tournament which was canceled in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic

“It’s so nice to have the crowds back to cheer you on,” Højgaard said, acknowledging feeling nervous standing over the winning putt. “That was a great moment.”

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