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Vibe-Hastrup: Four rounds under 70
"It was amazing. I think it's just struck me that I played so well"
Mads Vibe-Hastrup Quotes of the week
Dane Mads Vibe-Hastrup claimed his maiden European Tour title with a superb closing 67 at the Madrid Open.
The 28-year-old from Helsingor began the day in second place, two shots adrift of Argentinian Daniel Vancsik, but charged to the top of the leaderboard with three birdies in four holes from the turn.
Despite dropping a shot at 15 - his only bogey of the day - he got it straight back at the next and two more pars were enough to secure him victory by three strokes from Alejandro Canizares.
It was a remarkably nerveless display from a man who has never finished higher than 110th on the Order of Merit and had to go to Qualifying School this time last year after dropping on to the Challenge Tour in 2006.
He hit 13 of 14 fairways and after picking up a cheque for 150,000 Euros will now be looking forward to an autumn trip to the Volvo Masters at Valderrama rather than Q-School.
The Dane had two 67s over the weekend and shot all four rounds in the 60s.
Canizares - son of former Ryder Cup star Jose-Maria - closed with a 68.
Vancsik dropped out of contention after a nine at the par four fifth but hit back bravely with five birdies. A 73 was enough for third place on his own.
An emotional Vibe-Hastrup told Sky Sports. "It was amazing. I think it's just struck me that I played so well."
Asked about his reaction to his playing partner's nine, he added: "I just tried to play my own game. I didn't play to win or anything. He just made a high number and I thought okay, but that's his case, I didn't need to worry about that.
"I was a bit nervous I have to say, but I kept my emotions in check well and just tried to hit good golf shots all the way round and to see if it was my day today - and it was, so that's great.
"It's fantastic. I've got my card for two years now."
Teenage sensation Rory McIlroy started the day in a tie for third place and played alongside Vibe-Hastrup and Vancsik.
But the 18-year-old from Northern Ireland - third last week in just his second professional event - struggled to get things going and had to settle for a 70.
Nevertheless, a tie for fourth alongside France's Gregory Bourdy represented another fine week for the youngster.