Sep 20th, 2021
Broberg hold on for emotional Dutch Open win
Swede hold hios nerve down the stretch to win by three
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The 35-year old admitted he had endured “six years of hell” before battling his way back to triumph at Bernardus Golf, having broken onto the scene by overcoming American Major winner Patrick Reed in a play-off en route to his maiden European Tour title at the 2015 BMW Masters.
“I’m happy right now but my game wasn’t there today, I was struggling all day. I didn’t feel comfortable with the ball but I’m happy to pull it off," said Broberg.
Broberg needed all his mental fortitude in the Netherlands as he struggled to build any momentum in a level par front nine. A birdie at the tenth seemed to steady the ship as Germany’s Matthias Schmid, among others, piled the pressure on the four-time Challenge Tour winner from Stockholm.
But dropped shots at the par five 12th and the 14th, where he drove into the water, set up a nervy finish as Schmid got to within two strokes of a huge upset.
Broberg, however, holed a long birdie putt at the par three 17th to all but rubber-stamp his second European Tour title, signing for a level par 72 and a twenty-three-under total.
"The first few days I played really good. Today I was struggling like I was in the off season. I thought my eight shot lead would be enough today, but Matthias (Schmid) played some really beautiful golf,," said the Swede.
"It’s been a nightmare (over the last six years). I was so close to quitting, it’s been so… I don’t know the word for it, but it’s been a tough time. This is way bigger (than his last win in 2015), more emotions."
Schmid earned his best European Tour finish with outright second place on twenty-under, courtesy of a final round 66, while Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares claimed third place on his own despite a double-bogey finish, carding a four-under final round for a nineteen-under total.