Erik van Rooyen is a maiden European Tour champion at the age of 29. Joe Hughes wraps up the action from the Scandinavian Invitation
Scandinavian Invitation report: What happened at Hills Golf Club?
While the sporting world was watching a spectacular climax to the third Ashes Test at Headingley, the Scandinavian Invitation was producing a dramatic finish of its own.
Erik van Rooyen and Matthew Fitzpatrick had gone blow-for-blow throughout the final round, and when the South African bogeyed 17, his English counterpart was making birdie up ahead at 18.
It moved them both to 18-under par for the championship and Fitzpatrick, a winner here in 2016, could only watch on from the clubhouse.
Van Rooyen didn’t make it easy for himself, leaving his approach short at the par-5 18th, but he got up and down for birdie and an emotional victory that’s been a long time coming for the 29-year-old.
Just look what it meant to him:
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Henrik Stenson, who skipped the FedEx Cup Play-offs to play in his home tournament, and Dean Burmester finished tied for 3rd at 14-under, while a host of players, including Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, finished a shot further back.
It’s the third year in a row the Scandinavian Invitation has been the setting for a first-time European Tour champion. Van Rooyen joins Renato Paratore and Paul Waring as maiden champions in Sweden.