Lagergren wins NI Open

Lagergren wins NI Open

Joakim Lagergren survived a final round scare to secure the Northern Ireland Open by one shot at Galgorm Castle on Sunday.

The Swede lost the outright lead after a disappointing final round and was tied with France's Adrien Bernadet after 17 holes, before a birdie at the last hole saw him take the title with a score of 13-under par.Gareth Shaw and Jonathan Caldwell were the best-placed of the local contingent, with both players ending the tournament on 6-under.Shaw, who trailed the Newtownards man by a single shot going into the final day's play, started nervously and bogeyed the second and third holes before recovering to pick up a shot at the par 3 fifth.Further birdies followed at 10 and 12, and the Belfast player made amends for another dropped shot at 17 by birdying the final hole for a final round 70.Caldwell also had a shaky start, bogeying the first and sixth holes before getting back on track with a birdie at the ninth.Another birdie at the final hole saw him close out with a level par 71 to share 12th place with Shaw and three others - Frenchman Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon, Italy's Niccolo Quintarelli and Dodge Kemmer of the USA.Alan Dunbar finished strongly after a disappointing tournament with a closing 67 to leave him on level par for the tournament, while the amateur duo of John Ross Galbraith and Dermot McElroy finished on 3-over and 4-over respectively.Meanwhile, there was some local interest in the European tour's Italian Open event, with Darren Clarke carding a final round 70 to finish on tied for 18th place on 9-under, 11 shots behind winner Hennie Otto of South Africa.Gareth Maybin shot a four-under final round of 68 to end the tournament on 6-under, in a tie for 47th place.Watched the last few holes of the coverage. If Stevie G had passed me, I was keeping it all in perspective!! #blessed— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) August 31, 2014


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