James Kingston captures Mercedes-Benz Championship


European Tour

COLOGNE, Germany – James Kingston of South Africa captured his second European Tour title on Sunday, beating Anders Hansen of Denmark on the first playoff hole at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Kingston was two shots ahead with two holes to play, but had a bogey on the 17th after Hansen had a birdie. Kingston (69) and Hansen (67) both finished regulation at 13-under 275 at the Gut Laerchenhof course.

Hansen’s approach on the first playoff hole went over the green and into a bunker. He blasted out to within 6 feet, but his putt skimmed the edge for a bogey. Kingston made his par putt for the victory.

The 43-year-old became the oldest winner on the European Tour this season after missing four straight cuts. It was his first title since taking the South African Airways Open at Pearl Valley in December 2007.

Soren Hansen of Denmark (70), no relation to Anders, Peter Hanson of Sweden (71) and Simon Dyson of England (70) shared third place, one shot back.

All three needed birdies on the final hole to make the playoff.

Hanson went into the final round with a one-shot lead over Dyson, Soren Hansen and Kingston.

The highest-ranked golfer in the field of 78, No. 6 Henrik Stenson of Sweden, finished on 278. Lee Westwood of England, the No. 10, was one shot further back.