Playoff win by Swede

Pettersson triumphs at first extra hole in Portugal

Bob Warters's picture
Sun, 7 Apr 2002

After a day of hanging around waiting for the Atlantic gales to abate, Carl Pettersson claimed his first European Tour victory in a sudden death playoff with Englishman David Gilford in the Portuguese Open.

The pair had completed their second rounds at the windswept Vale do Lobo course yesterday, finishing on two under par, but Tour officials refused the let the final round - the third round was cancelled - get under way until the wind-lashed course was fit for play.

The key hole was the 11th on the pink-cliffed coastline, where it was impossible to mark your ball then prevent it from rolling away.

The Tour decided to call a halt to the event, with Pettersson (66,76) and Gilford (70,72) playing off over the 18th hole, for the £102,000 first prize, the title and the privileges that go with it, including a two-year exemption.

Pettersson, Swedish born, who has lived in the US since he was ten years old, holed from two feet for his par to claim his first European Tour victory. He jumps to fifth in the Volvo Order of Merit.

Gilford missed the green with his approach and could only chip to 20 feet for a two-putt bogey.

Tied for third on one under par were Greg Owen, Miguel Angel Martin and Henrik Nystrom.



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