Peter Hanson’s decision to stay on rather than return to Florida to be with his sick son paid off on Sunday as he won the European Tour’s KLM Open at Hilversum in the Netherlands.
The 34-year-old Swede — whose wife convinced him to stay on at the tournament on Friday night, despite his son being in intensive care — rattled in a 35-foot putt on the 18th green to record a three-under round and a four-round total of 14-under.
Hanson, who also gained a massive morale boost ahead of his second successive Ryder Cup appearance at the end of the month, won by two shots from Pablo Larrazabal of Spain and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay.
It was his fifth European Tour title.
Hanson’s form will delight Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, with the clash against the US at Medinah outside Chicago less than three weeks away.
Overnight co-leader Larrazabal finished second after a level-par 70, with Scotland’s Richie Ramsey joining him after a three-under round.
Spaniard Larrazabal looked set to claim the title after Hanson, who was one behind at the time, drove into the trees at the 16th.
However, Hanson recovered for a par, while on the same hole Larrazabal made a bogey as the duo went into the final two holes all square.
Both parred the penultimate hole, before Hanson’s lengthy putt on the last placed the pressure firmly on Larrazabal.
He could only manage a par and two birdies in the last two holes by Ramsey meant they shared second place.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson finished a further two strokes back, while England’s Graeme Storm and Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, the other players to share top spot overnight, tied for fifth with Henrik Stenson on nine-under.