Alexander Bjork carded a 7-under 65 on Sunday to capture his maiden European Tour title at the Volvo China Open.
The 27-year old Swede started the day one-shot back of co-leaders Matt Wallace and Adrian Otaegui, but quickly joined a group of six players tied at the top in Beijing. After turning in 33, Björk owned a one-shot lead for much of his back nine until a gain on the par-4 17th put him ahead by two strokes at 18-under par, two clear of Jorge Campillo (67) and Jordan Smith (64), who were in the clubhouse at 16 under.
Playing in the penultimate group, Bjork waited and watched the final hole of Otaegui, who bogeyed No. 17 to drop back to 16 under, along with playing partner Wallace.
After Otaegui carded a birdie to secure solo-second at 17 under, and Wallace made par to finish 16-under par alongside Smith and Campillo, the trophy was Bjork’s to lift.
“It’s tough to describe the emotions,” said Bjork, who extended Sweden’s run to 30 consecutive European Tour seasons with at least a win.
“I’m really happy and really proud of myself the way I played today, it’s probably one of the best rounds of golf I ever played, the best round in the situation.”
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