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Added July 26th, 2010 by Chalk

One-Stroke Wins For Two Swedes, Langer and Shin
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Sunday was full of fine golf drama as tournaments in Canada and across Europe went down to the final hole.  At the Canadian Open, 32-year-old Swede Carl Pettersson entered ranked 209th in the world and nearly missed the cut on Friday. Pettersson came back with a 60 (-10) on Saturday to get back into the tournament, but was six shots back after seven holes and Sunday.  Still Pettersson made six birdies in the last 11 holes to earn a one-stroke win over Dean Wilson. Over in Sweden, another Swede Richard Johnson, who had been ranked 334th in the world, holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th to win the Scandanavian Masters by a single stroke, edging out Argentina’s Rafa Echenique.

In Scotland, Bernhard Langer made par on the 18th to claim his first Senior major with a one-shot win over US Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin at the Senior British Open. In France, Jiyai Shin sank a birdie putt on the 18th to win the Evian Masters by one stroke over 15-year-old Alexis Thompson, Morgan Pressel and Na Yeon Choi.  With the victory, Shin regained the world number one ranking that Cristie Kerr took from her four weeks ago.

Pettersson credited all the Canadian beer he drank on Friday night with his amazing weekend:

Before you know it, I’d had seven beers. Made the cut. And my caddie had to drive me home. I wasn’t in that bad of shape, but I didn’t want to drive. I can usually handle seven beers.

In Sweden, Johnson was elated to win in his home country:

I actually roared out loud when the putt went in, it meant so much to me. This is second only to a major for a Swede. … this is just magical. … I’m speechless right now, it’s epic.

The other big news out of Sweden was that Louis “Shrek” Oosthuizen narrowly missed becoming the first player to win a European Tour event the week after winning the British Open.  Shrek shot +1 on Sunday and finished tied for fourth, three shots behind Johnson.

For Langer, who got his 11th win in three years on the Champions Tour, beating up on elderly golfers was every bit as satisfying as the triumphs earlier in his career:

I have always wanted to win the British Open. I didn’t. Now this (Senior British Open) is the next best thing.  This victory ranks very high and it’s pretty close to my two Masters titles and some of my Ryder Cup stuff.

In France, Morgan Pressel had a downhill put to force a playoff with Shin, but rolled it over the hole.  Shin called the Evian Masters “my favorite one and the place I like best.”  Her previous reign as world number one came earlier this year when Lorena Ochoa retired, but lasted only seven weeks. Dethroned Kerr finished T-31, 12 shots off the lead.

 
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