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English Golfer Kenneth Ferrie Wins European Open

  • Richard Kauffman

English golfer Kenneth Ferrie has captured the European Open at the K-Club in Straffan, Ireland. Ferrie had the chance to win after Thomas Bjorn of Denmark blew a four-shot lead in the final round.

Thomas Bjorn was taking nothing for granted coming into the final round of the Smurfit European Open. But even he could not imagine what happened to him in the fourth round. He shot an 86 with an 11 at the 17th hole, finding the water three times. Bjorn slipped from a four shot lead at the top of the leaderboard overnight into a tie for 33rd position.

The man who ended up winning the title is Kenneth Ferrie.

"One bad shot made cost me double at the 13th hole. I came to think that was my chance gone. Thomas was at five-under-par, Rafael (Jacquelin of France) was at four, there was a lot of ground to make up. But Dominique, my new caddie, he said that is all (the gap is) and the stretch is hard (for them), if you can dig in (you might catch up). It was just some good words at the right time that kept me on track. And a couple of birdies paid off," he says.

He played some terrific golf over the weekend with a final round of 70. And at three-under-par for the tournament, the 26-year-old Ferrie from Northeast England claimed his second European title by winning by two shots over Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and Graeme Storm of England. But it will be a day to forget for Thomas Bjorn.