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Edoardo Molinari wins to secure Ryder Cup place

Final round leaderboard:
-10 E Molinari (Ita) -9 B Rumford (Aus) -7 F Molinari (Ita), J Donaldson (Wal), M A Jimenez (Spn), -6 S Dyson (Eng) -5 B Dredge (Wal), M Siem (Ger), D McGrane (Ire) Selected others: -4 P Archer (Eng) -3 R Fisher (Eng), O Wilson (Eng), R Davies (Wal), G Boyd (Eng), S Gallacher (Sco) -2 P Hanson (Swe)

Edoardo Molinari pulled off a stunning win at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles to earn a wildcard for the European Ryder Cup team.

The Italian finished on 10 under par after birdies on his final three holes.

Brett Rumford was one shot adrift with Francesco Molinari, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jamie Donaldson third.

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said of Molinari's win: "I don't think I've seen a finish of that quality under that pressure by anyone."

The 29-year-old Edoardo Molinari was two behind Rumford (69) on the 16th tee but produced a stunning finale to clinch his second title in two months after triumphing in the Scottish Open in July.

The most spectacular shot of Molinari's dramatic late birdie haul came when he rolled in a 40-foot putt with a 12-foot break on it on the short 17th.

"I still felt I could catch Brett with three holes to go but that putt won it for me," said Molinari.

"I knew if I won the tournament I could almost force Monty to give me a pick. That's, luckily, what I did," he added.


Jimenez secured automatic qualification for the Ryder Cup, as did Peter Hanson of Sweden who was tied for 19th.

It could have been much better for Jimenez, a veteran of three Ryder Cups, but he missed a short tap-in on the 17th and ended up with a double-bogey for a 72.

"It means a lot," said Jimenez, who had initially elected to skip the event in favour of attending a nephew's wedding before changing his mind with his Ryder Cup spot in peril.

"It's very important to me and I'm glad to be part of the team again."

Hanson, winner of last week's Czech Open, needed a top-43 finish to guarantee a Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor and he secured his place with birdies at the 15th and 17th which helped him to a closing 73, two under par.

Miguel Angel Jimenez
Jimenez was delighted to make the Europe team

"It feels great - tonight I'm going to celebrate and tomorrow as well," said the 32-year-old Hanson.

"I just tried to take it one shot at a time.

"I was very tired and was trying not to think about making the team, but I felt a little bit of pressure and those birdies felt great."

Englishman Simon Dyson, needing to win the tournament and hope Jimenez finished outside the top nine to make Montgomerie's team, rescued what was almost a dreadful round with birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to card a 74.

His six-under total saw him end the tournament alone in sixth.

Francesco Molinari, who had led by a shot from his brother overnight, had seven bogeys on his way to a 75.

On a day of high winds and high scoring, runner-up Donaldson, of Wales, had the honour of scoring the lowest round of the day, a 69 that featured six birdies and three bogeys.

Runner-up Rumford must have thought he would at least force a play-off as he waited in the clubhouse for Edoardo Molinari to finish his round.

But the 33-year-old Australian, who had picked up two shots on his final two holes, was left to rue a bogey on the par-four 12th as his Italian rival stole the show.

Edoardo Molinari

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