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Monday 25 September 2017

Andersson keeps his Hed in Italy

Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed admitted the result was all that mattered after stuttering to his maiden European Tour title in the Italian Open.

Andersson Hed took a commanding six-shot lead into the final round in Turin after a brilliant 63 on Saturday, but looked in danger squandering the massive advantage.

However, he came through, with nearest challenger David Horsey crucially bogeying the 14th and 18th after wayward drives, allowing the 38-year-old from Halmstad to par in to complete a round of 73 and winning total of 16 under par.

England's Horsey was second on 14 under after a closing 68.

"It means a lot to win, both for the rankings and self-confidence," Andersson Hed said. "It would have felt even better to have played well but I was here to be first and now I am first.

"It's not so much a weight off as a feeling of joy. It feels good after all the hard work I have put in over the last few years."

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