Omega European Masters R4

Soderberg scales new heights in Crans Montana

August 29 – September 01
Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
€2,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Sebastian Soderberg came through a five man play-off featuring World Number Two Rory McIlroy to win his first European Tour title at the Omega European Masters.

Omega European Masters R4 - Soderberg scales new heights
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“I’m pretty thrilled right now, hasn’t really sunk in yet. I felt like I was pressing down my emotions all day just to try to focus. It’s unbelievable. I’ve dreamt of winning on the European Tour, even better doing it this way.”

The 28 year old Swede started the day four shots off the lead and remained there at the turn before he made five birdies in a row to surge to the top of the leaderboard in the mountains at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

“I was more nervous in the beginning than I was towards the back nine. Got on a good run and the ball kept going in. Just playing with Rory, there are so many people around. Playing with a guy like that adds heat to it right away. ”

A three putt on the 17th then dropped him into the play-off at 14 under par with playing partners McIlroy and Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli, where they were joined by Argentinian Andres Romero and Kalle Samooja of Finland as the Omega European Masters went to extra holes for the sixth time in seven years.


Soderberg holed a ten footer for birdie on the first trip back up the last and, with McIlroy and Samooja missing from close range after Gagli bogied, the trophy was his.

“I proved to myself that I can play out here. I didn’t really know that I was ready to win, I had a terrible start to the season and I felt like I was just trying to make my way into the top 110 and keep my card for next year. It’s just a surreal way to do it.

“I was just trying to take one shot at a time and my brother (Jesper) told me most likely my card was secured when we’d finished, which was nice. I had nothing to lose at all and it’s going to change a lot going forward.”

It was a thrilling finish to an enthralling day as all the main contenders came to life in the closing stages to take the event to a record equalling 13th play-off in its history.

Victory for Soderberg comes in his 50th European Tour event after he secured a top five on home soil at last week’s Scandinavian Invitation, and takes him inside the top 50 on the Race to Dubai.


“Too many mistakes,” said McIlroy. “I think I made 13 bogeys during the week. I made enough birdies, but I just didn’t have it over the weekend. I obviously made a good run over the back nine today. It’s been another solid week, coming back across the Atlantic. Now I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks off. 

“This is my seventh event in eight weeks, I’ve played a lot of golf. Playing so much, little mental errors can creep in here and there. The sloppy finish yesterday probably cost me, but I fought back today and did my best. It just wasn’t meant to be.

“I’ll put the clubs away for a few days, rest, recover and reflect on what has been a pretty good season so far, and try to get myself back up for (the BMW PGA Championship at) Wentworth.”


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Sebastian Soderberg
SWE
-14
64
70
66
66
266
T2
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-14
64
68
67
67
266
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-14
67
63
69
67
266
T2
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-14
66
71
62
67
266
T2
Andres Romero
ARG
-14
69
61
66
70
266
T6
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-13
66
67
70
64
267
T6
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-13
63
72
67
65
267
T8
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-12
70
67
67
64
268
T8
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-12
63
67
70
68
268
T8
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-12
65
65
68
70
268
T8
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-12
66
64
67
71
268
T12
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-11
67
67
70
65
269
T12
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-11
70
68
66
65
269
T12
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-11
67
72
65
65
269
T12
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-11
65
69
68
67
269
T12
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-11
70
65
67
67
269
T12
Renato Paratore
ITA
-11
67
66
67
69
269
T12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-11
67
67
65
70
269
T12
Gavin Green
MAS
-11
65
64
69
71
269
T20
Thomas Detry
BEL
-10
68
71
65
66
270
T20
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-10
66
66
71
67
270
T20
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-10
66
70
65
69
270
T23
David Drysdale
SCO
-9
65
70
70
66
271
T23
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
69
68
68
66
271
T23
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-9
69
69
66
67
271
T23
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-9
67
66
69
69
271
T23
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-9
66
68
66
71
271
T28
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-8
66
68
70
68
272
T28
James Morrison
ENG
-8
67
67
70
68
272
T28
Sean Crocker
USA
-8
68
67
68
69
272
T28
Lee Westwood
ENG
-8
67
72
64
69
272
T28
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-8
67
68
67
70
272
T33
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-7
65
72
70
66
273
T33
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-7
69
68
67
69
273
T35
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
64
70
75
65
274
T35
Troy Merritt
USA
-6
67
71
70
66
274
T35
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-6
70
65
72
67
274
T35
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-6
65
74
69
66
274
T35
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-6
68
71
67
68
274
T35
Lee Slattery
ENG
-6
66
70
68
70
274
T35
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
70
66
67
71
274
T35
Ross Fisher
ENG
-6
68
70
65
71
274
T43
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
73
66
69
67
275
T43
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-5
68
69
70
68
275
T43
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-5
66
69
69
71
275
T43
David Horsey
ENG
-5
69
67
66
73
275
T43
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-5
69
69
64
73
275
T48
Max Schmitt
GER
-4
68
68
75
65
276
T48
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-4
67
70
72
67
276
T48
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-4
72
67
69
68
276
T48
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
67
70
70
69
276
T48
Chris Paisley
ENG
-4
70
69
68
69
276
T48
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-4
68
71
68
69
276
T48
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-4
69
70
67
70
276
T48
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
69
70
67
70
276
T48
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-4
68
69
68
71
276
T48
Romain Langasque
FRA
-4
72
67
65
72
276
T58
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
69
68
74
66
277
T58
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
67
69
73
68
277
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
70
69
67
71
277
T61
Liam Johnston
SCO
-2
69
69
68
72
278
T61
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
66
69
69
74
278
T63
David Howell
ENG
-1
69
70
71
69
279
T63
Giovanni Manzoni
ITA
-1
70
69
71
69
279
T63
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
68
71
71
69
279
T63
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
69
70
70
279
T63
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-1
70
67
70
72
279
T63
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-1
71
65
68
75
279
T69
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
67
71
72
70
280
T69
Deyen Lawson
AUS
Par
69
70
72
69
280
T69
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
69
69
73
69
280
T72
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
1
72
63
73
73
281
T72
Zander Lombard
RSA
1
71
67
70
73
281
T72
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
70
67
69
75
281
75
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
68
70
77
70
285
76
Stuart Manley
WAL
13
70
69
75
79
293
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
74
66
140
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
73
67
140
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
Par
67
73
140
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
Par
68
72
140
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
Par
68
72
140
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
75
65
140
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
71
70
141
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
1
73
68
141
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
68
73
141
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
1
70
71
141
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
67
74
141
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
70
71
141
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
68
73
141
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
1
70
71
141
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
74
67
141
CUT
Victor Perez
FRA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
2
70
72
142
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
2
70
72
142
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
66
76
142
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
2
71
71
142
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
72
70
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
75
67
142
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
2
70
72
142
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
2
71
71
142
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
2
73
69
142
CUT
Ronan Kleu
SWI
2
72
70
142
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
70
72
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
71
71
142
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
69
74
143
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
69
74
143
CUT
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
3
69
74
143
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
73
70
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
70
73
143
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
3
72
71
143
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
3
71
72
143
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
3
75
68
143
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
3
70
73
143
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
68
75
143
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
3
69
74
143
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
4
72
72
144
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
75
69
144
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
76
68
144
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
71
73
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
4
71
73
144
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
5
71
74
145
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
5
72
73
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
5
73
72
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
5
70
75
145
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
73
74
147
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Gregory Molteni
ITA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
7
73
74
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
7
76
71
147
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
8
74
74
148
CUT
David Law
SCO
8
71
77
148
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
8
73
75
148
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
8
76
72
148
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
9
73
76
149
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
9
73
76
149
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
9
78
71
149
CUT
David Borda
ESP
10
72
78
150
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
11
75
76
151
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
12
75
77
152
CUT
Alessandro Noseda
SWI
18
83
75
158
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
0