Peter Hanson wins Czech Open to boost Ryder Cup hopes
Final round leaderboard: -10 P Hanson (Swe), G Boyd (Eng), P Lawrie (Ire) -9 A Wall (Eng) -8 J Guerrier, S Dyson (Eng) -7 F Andersson Hed, M A Jimenez (Spn) Selected others: -6 P Price (Wal), R Bland (Eng) -1 R McGowan (Eng) +2 O Wilson (Eng)
Hanson was only given an invite to the event on Monday
Peter Hanson won a play-off to win the Czech Open and move into eighth place in the qualifying list for Europe's Ryder Cup team with one event to go.
The Swede holed a birdie on the second extra hole to beat Gary Boyd and Peter Lawrie to the first prize.
Hanson's victory means Paul Casey, who did not play in Celadna, must rely on receiving one of Europe captain Colin Montgomerie's three wildcard picks.
Miguel Angel Jimenez occupies the ninth and last automatic qualifying spot.
Englishman Casey, like Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Justin Rose, has elected to skip next week's race-ending Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Their decisions not to compete for Ryder Cup points in Perthshire and instead play at the lucrative FedEx Cup play-offs in the United States means Montgomerie must leave at least one of this experienced quartet out of his team for October's Celtic Manor contest.
And with Italian Edoardo Molinari also needing a wildcard, the Scot could well omit more than one of this group.
Hanson had let a four-shot overnight lead slip, scoring a nervy two-over-par 74 as he was caught by Tour rookie Boyd (68) and Irishman Lawrie (66).
But he recovered his nerve to sink a superb 18-foot putt to triumph in the play-off.
"To make that putt feels fantastic," said the 32-year-old after taking his European Tour play-off record to three wins out of three.
"And to know I had to come here and win [to climb into the top nine on the points table] and pull it off feels great. There's another week to go, but it looks so much better now."
England's Boyd, 23, began his day six off Hanson's total but raced into contention with five birdies on his outward nine.
He could not maintain that momentum, dropping shots on 11 and 15, but another birdie on the last proved enough to secure his spot in the play-off.
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An eagle on the 10th had boosted Lawrie's hopes of taking his second Tour title, and the Dubliner was unlucky not to walk away with the 333,330 (£272,800) first prize when his dinked chip from the edge of the green on the first extra hole circled the cup only to pop out.
Cup hopefuls Jimenez and Simon Dyson, Hanson's closest rivals after the third round, both had mediocre rounds.
Spaniard Jimenez shot a 73 to finish three off the play-off contenders in a tie for seventh.
Jimenez cannot better his ninth place in the cup standings as he has chosen to give Gleneagles a miss to attend his nephew's wedding.
Englishman Dyson went round in 72 to end a stroke better in a tie for fifth and move up to 13th in the Ryder rankings.
Similar to Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, victory for Dyson next Sunday would secure his spot in the Europe team.
Dyson's compatriot Ross McGowan, joint 25th on Sunday, requires a top-two finish in Gleneagles to seal a place on the team.
EUROPEAN RYDER CUP STANDINGS (top four on world list qualify, then next five on European points list. Captain adds three wildcards on 29 August):
World Points: 1 Lee Westwood 422.0 2 Rory McIlroy 316.9 3 Martin Kaymer 285.4 4 Graeme McDowell 249.3 5 Luke Donald 231.1 6 Edoardo Molinari 218.4 7 Ian Poulter 211.2 8 Padraig Harrington 204.9 9 Justin Rose 195.7 10 Francesco Molinari 172.5
European Points: 1 Lee Westwood 3,446,137 2 Martin Kaymer 2,638,282 3 Rory McIlroy 2,368,205 4 Graeme McDowell 2,307,041 5 Ian Poulter 2,238,874 6 Ross Fisher 1,708,614 7 Francesco Molinari 1,612,747 8 Peter Hanson 1,580,707 9 Miguel Angel Jimenez 1,554,775 10 Paul Casey 1,487,776 11 Padraig Harrington 1,486,529 12 Ross McGowan 1,414,157 13 Simon Dyson 1,307,700 14 Luke Donald 1,290,803 15 Alvaro Quiros 1,286,402
16 Edoardo Molinari 1,260,055
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