Matthew Fitzpatrick won his second European Tour title at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club as he eased to a three-shot victory at the Nordea Masters.
The Englishman came into the final day with a five-shot advantage and while he saw that cut to two around the turn, he kept his head on the back nine to sign for a 71, get to 16 under, and hold off the challenge of Lasse Jensen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Dane Jensen not only claimed his best European Tour result as he finished a shot clear of Colsaerts in second, but he also earned a place in the field for the Open Championship at Royal Troon in July with a closing 68.
For Colsaerts it was a second top three finish in four events as he gets back to his best after a disappointing 2015 and his hopes of claiming a spot at the year’s third Major Championship disappeared when he put his tee-shot on the 17th into the water.
Home favourite and World Number Six Henrik Stenson fired the low round of the day with a 66 to finish at ten under alongside fellow Swede Bjorn Hellgren, with England’s Ross Fisher a shot further back.
Fitzpatrick had ten top tens in his rookie season in 2015 including victory at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, and this week’s victory will go a long way to securing his place in the European Ryder Cup Team to face the United States at Hazeltine in the autumn.
“It was great, I’m delighted to win,” he said.
“It was a great final day for me and I managed to hold onto my lead fairly well and get the win. I felt like today was the round were I would be under the most pressure.
“I was keeping an eye on where I needed to get to but I was just taking one hole at a time and I was so zoned-in to my own game, I didn’t know what was gong on around me half the time.
“I’m a million miles ahead of schedule. It’s been a tough past few weeks and all of a sudden you turn up and pick up a win.”
The 21 year old had been masterful on the greens all week and after making an impressive par save on the first, he rolled in from 15 feet on the next to extend his lead to six.
Jensen holed a seven iron from 152 yards on the sixth for an eagle to join the group six shots adrift and playing partner Colsaerts birdied the same hole to get to 11 under and cut the gap to five.
The Belgian then used his immense power to get on the green at the par five ninth in two and he rolled in the eagle putt to move to within three of Fitzpatrick, with Jensen picking up a birdie.
Fitzpatrick made a birdie but Colsaerts was heating up, making a gain on the tenth thanks to a lengthy putt, and when Fitzpatrick bogeyed the tenth, the pressure was starting to build.
But a poor tee-shot from Colsaerts resulted in a bogey on the 12th, with Fitzpatrick making a birdie from six feet on the same hole to establish a cushion again.
Jensen had dropped a shot on the tenth but he chipped in for a second eagle of the day on the 13th to sit just one shot behind Colsaerts and the two-time winner dropped three shots on 16th and 17th before making a gain on the last.
Fitzpatrick bogeyed the final hole after putting his second shot in the bunker but it made little difference as he claimed a second win in his 51st European Tour appearance.
Rikard Karlberg finished at eight under, two shots clear of three-time winner Lee Westwood and France’s Raphaël Jacquelin.