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Thongchai Jaidee wins the Nordea Masters

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Thongchai Jaidee has won the Nordea Masters in Sweden after beating Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson in a three-way play-off.

The trio had all posted 16-under par during the regulation play in the PGA Sweden National in Malmo but Jaidee was able to sink a three-foot birdie putt at the extra hole to seal the Thai's sixth European Tour victory.

Robert-Jan Derksen from Netherlands was a shot further back in fourth with crowd favourite Henrik Stenson was in fifth after bogeying the final hole when a birdie would have forced him into the play-off.

Jaidee was the clubhouse leader after carding an impressive seven-under par 65. The 44-year old began his round with three consecutive birdies to shoot a 33 on his front nine. He came home in 32 after an eagle at the 11th and two further birdies at 14 and 15.

Dubuisson soon joined him on 16-under par after a five-under par 67 which included five birdies on his first 11 holes. But the Frenchman couldn't pick up any shots on the final seven holes as he pared all of them.

Gallagher forced his way into a tie for the lead on the final hole when he recovered from a bogey on the 17th to, for the fourth day running, birdie the 18th by holing a 20 foot putt.

But the Scot was unable to repeat the trick on the same hole, a par five, leaving the door open for Jaidee. Dubuisson wedged his third shot 25 feet away while Gallacher's approach shot was 15 feet away.

Jaidee took the opportunity to put his third shot just three feet away and with Dubuisson and Gallacher unable to hole their birdie opportunites, he was able to stroke the ball home for victory.

Jaidee's win could propel him into the world's top 40 from his current position of 54 in the rankings.

"I worked hard today," said 44-year-old Jaidee.

"I started with three birdies in a row, had another one on six, then a good comeback on 11."

Stenson was hoping to triumph in his own country after being twice a runner-up in this event and looked on course to do so when he birdied three of the first six holes.

He sunk a 20 foot putt at the second, another followed at the fourth and a 25 foot putt on the fifth took the world number two to 16-under.

But bogeys at holes six and nine halted the 38-year old's momentum and was in need of a birdie on hole 18 to force himself into a play-off. But the Swede carded a disappointing bogey meaning it was more heartbreak in his native country.

It was a better day for fellow Swede Robert Karlsson as he posted the lowest round of the day, a nine-under par 63 consisting of seven birdies and an eagle which saw him rise up the leader board to tie sixth with England's Eddie Pepperell and Spain's Alvaro Quiros.

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