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Rasmus Hojgaard wins European Tour playoff

Dane outlasts South Africa’s Justin Walters on 2nd extra hole to claim U.K. Championship for his 2nd title of the 2019-20 season

2: Number of playoff holes that Rasmus Hojgaard needed to defeat Justin Walters and win the European Tour’s ISPS Handa U.K. Championship on Sunday in Sutton Coldfield, England. In the second extra trip over the par-4 18th hole, Hojgaard tapped in for a routine par after Walters failed to get up and down from right of the green at The Belfry. It was the second victory of the 2019-20 season for Hojgaard, 19, a rookie from Denmark. He had posted three finishes of sixth place or better in his past three tournaments since the tour's season restart in July. Walters, 39, of South Africa, was looking for his first victory on any major pro tour since 2011, when he won on the Sunshine Tour. Hojgaard closed with a 7-under 65, including an eagle at the par-5 17th, to tie Walters (70) at 14-under 274 after 72 holes at the four-time Ryder Cup site. Walters rallied from a triple bogey-7 on the par-4 eighth hole. Hojgaard, who entered the week at No. 104 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 10 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, was projected to move to No. 4 in the season standings. The U.K. Championship was the sixth and final stop on the tour’s U.K. Swing (scores).

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