Broberg ends European Tour title drought with Dutch Open triumph

By Sports Desk September 19, 2021

Kristoffer Broberg won the Dutch Open by three shots to end his long wait for a second title on the European Tour. 

The Swede, who had previously triumphed at the BMW Masters back in November 2015, went round for a level-par 72 at Cromvoirt on Sunday to get over the line. 

Broberg had gone into the fourth round with an eight-shot lead, yet a birdie and a bogey by the time he reached the turn meant Matthias Schmid and Alejandro Canizares gained ground. 

A second birdie extended Broberg's lead to five shots, though wobbles on the 12th and 14th suggested nerves had taken hold. 

However, the 35-year-old regained his composure to save par from a bunker on the 15th and, after heading into the final two holes with a two-stroke lead, he holed a 13-foot birdie putt before rounding off his tournament with a par, leaving him well clear on 23 under. 

"It means a lot. Six years of hell," an extremely emotional Broberg said, cutting his post-round interview short. 

Prior to shedding a few tears, Broberg conceded his performance on the day was not up to standard.

"Happy right now but the game wasn't there today, I was struggling all day, I didn't feel comfortable over the ball," he explained.

"I did a great up-and-down on 15 so I'm happy with that, pulled my tee shot on 17 but made the putt for birdie, so I'm happy with that."

Schmid went round in an impressive 66 to finish second on 20 under par, while Canizares was in third on 18 under, having carded a 68 that included a double-bogey finish at the last.

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