Dutch delight for Hanson
Swede sinks monster putt at the last to earn emotional victory
Last Updated: September 9, 2012 4:55pm
Peter Hanson: clinched a thrilling victory at the final hole after a difficult weekend
Peter Hanson claimed the KLM Open in spectacular fashion, eagling the last at Hilversum to end a difficult few days with a two-shot victory.
The Swede - who was considering whether to continue in the tournament on Friday night after his son was taken ill in Florida - saw a long-range putt drop in at the final green to sign for a 67, leaving him on 14 under.
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-14 P Hanson (Swe)
-12 R Ramsay
-12 P Larrazabal (Spa)
-11 S Jamieson
-9 H Stenson (Swe)
-9 G Storm
-9 G F'dez-Castano (Spa)
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The Ryder Cup player then had to watch on as Pablo Larrazabal, the only player who could pip him, needed an eagle himself at the 18th to force a play-off.
However the Spaniard's tee shot left him with too much to do and although he hit a miraculous second up and beyond the green, his chip for a three missed comfortably. In the end he had to settle for a par and a share of second place with Scotland's Richie Ramsay (67).
An emotional Hanson admitted it had been a tough weekend, particularly after a lack of sleep as he waited for the latest news from back home in the United States.
"I'm feeling for him of course, he's getting better and better so I'm happy about that. My wife kind of convinced me to stay here and I'm so happy now," he told Sky Sports.
"It was especially hard yesterday. Having him in hospital on the Friday night, I didn't sleep a lot. I was getting updates from my wife and the doctors every hour.
"Yesterday was very, very tough. I actually sent some texts in the round after asking the referee.
"It calmed down once I heard in the evening that he was over the worst of it and feeling better."
As for the winning eagle putt at 18, Hanson revealed: "I spoke to my caddie down the last and I said I was going to give it a go to the hole and see what happens. I think he was just as happy as me when the ball went in.
"It was a fantastic feeling."
A key turning point came at 16 where Hanson took 25 minutes to play the hole after his ball got wedged next to planks for spectators to walk on.
Hanson blasted his free drop just shy of the green and made par while Larrazabal, who held a one-shot lead at the time, was forced to wait on the tee and ended up taking bogey.
Scott Jamieson claimed fourth on 11 under, while Graeme Storm and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, the other players to share top spot overnight along with Larrazabal, were two shots further back along with Henrik Stenson.
Stenson had two eagles in his round, yet was eclipsed by England's Richard Finch who eagled 12 and made a stunning albatross at the last for a 64.
The back nine 29 elevated Finch to tied 12th.