Monday, August 30, 2021

It was a third European Tour title for Rasmus Højgaard, who produced a final round of 63 (-7) to claim the Omega European Masters by one shot.

A nine-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the tournament proved crucial for Højgaard, who rolled it in to get to 13 under par at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club. 

He had to wait to see if he’d be victorious on the most beautiful stop of the European Tour, but none of the remaining groups out on the course could match his 72 hole total and he was crowned King of the Mountains. 

Rasmus began his day four shots behind the co-leaders but two birdies on his front nine closed the gap and he knew he needed a big effort on his inward nine to mount a charge. 

He did just that and went birdie, eagle, birdie from the 13th to 15th and sank his birdie putt on his final hole for a bogey free round.

This victory gives him his third European Tour title at the age of 20, adding to his AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and ISPS HANDA UK Championship titles from the 2020 season. 

The delighted Dane noted how happy he was to get his name on the trophy alongside the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia.

“I’m very proud. It’s very special. It’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to come back again”, said Højgaard. “At the moment it’s a bit surreal. I didn’t expect to be in this position but it’s amazing.”

“I knew I had to make a birdie (at the 18th) to have a chance to maybe get in the play-off, so we were just trying to set up a chance. That’s by far the most nervous I’ve been the whole day (over the putt at the 18th). But it’s so nice to have the crowds back to cheer you on. That was a great moment.”