Swedens Hedblom Captures Malaysian Open

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2007 Maybank Malaysian OpenKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Peter Hedblom of Sweden posted his second consecutive round of 4-under 68 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Malaysian Open. He finished at 8-under-par 280, which was good for a one-shot victory at Saujana Golf & Country Club.
 
The win was Hedblom's second on the European Tour, but his first in quite some time. Hedblom's only other title on the circuit came at the 1996 Moroccan Open and he even won on the European Challenge Tour in between.
 
France's Jean-Francois Lucquin fired a 5-under 67 to finish alone in second place at minus-7. Spain's Ignacio Garrido (69) and England's Simon Dyson (70) tied for third place at 6-under-par 282.
 
Overnight co-leader Marcus Higley struggled to a 2-over 74 and shared fifth place with Gary Lockerbie, who managed a 2-under 70 on Sunday. The pair came in at 5-under-par 283.
 
Higley's co-leader from the third round, Ricardo Gonzalez was even worse Sunday. At one point on the second nine, Gonzalez held the lead, but two double-bogeys and a bogey in a three-hole span knocked him down the leaderboard.
 
In the end, Gonzalez shot a 4-over 76 and tied for 11th place at minus-3.
 
Hedblom became a factor in the tournament after back-to-back birdies from the third hole. He trailed by two after the birdies, but gave one back at the par-3 fifth to fall off the pace.
 
Luckily for the Swede, Gonzalez and Higley never made a big move. When Hedblom birdied the par-5 seventh, that momentarily tied him for the lead with Gonzalez at 6 under par.
 
Hedblom parred five in a row around the turn, but a birdie at the 13th brought him to 7 under par for the championship. Unfortunately for Hedblom, Lucquin started making birdies and the Frenchman ascended to the top of the leaderboard.
 
Lucquin collected birdies at three, seven and nine, but back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 got Lucquin to minus-7. He added a birdie at the par-4 17th to grab sole possession of first with a birdie at 17.
 
Lucquin's luck ran out at 18 as he made a bogey to get into the clubhouse at 7 under par.
 
Hedblom was tied for the lead, but that did not last long. He birdied the 16th and 17th holes to move to 9 under par, which was two clear of the Lucquin. No other players had a realistic chance of catching Hedblom, so the finish was in his hands.
 
Hedblom did give one back at 18, but it did not matter. The only thing it impacted was his final margin of victory.
 
Simon Yates (72), Prom Meesawat (74), Chinarat Phadungsil (70) and Mikko Ilonen (71) shared seventh place at 4-under-par 284.
 
02/11 05:14:35 ET
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