Kristoffer Broberg held his nerve on Sunday at The Dutch Open to claim his second career European Tour victory.
After back-to-back course records on Friday (64) and Saturday (61), the 35-year-old Swede entered Sunday’s finale with an eight-shot lead over Marcus Helligkilde.
However, after making the turn on even par, he saw his lead cut in half to four shots, with Matthias Schmid chasing fast at 5-under through the front nine.
Back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 for Schmid shaved the lead to just three, and then it was two shots as Schmid and Alejandro Canizares both hit 20-under-par.
But Broberg refused to buckle and proceeded to hit a beautiful tee shot on the par-3 17th, leading to a spectacular birdie and a three-shot cushion with one to play.
Three shots into the green and a two-putt par gave Broberg his first victory since the 2015 BMW Masters.
“I’m happy right now, but the game wasn’t there today. I was struggling all day and couldn’t feel comfortable over the ball,” said Broberg, who had fallen to No. 772 in the world rankings.
“The chip in didn’t change any momentum because I hit a bad 3-wood on 14, but I did a great up-and-down at 15.
“This win means a lot, it’s been six years of hell”
An emotional Broberg then broke down in tears.
Source: European Tour.com