MADRID -- Denmark's Mads Vibe-Hastrup won
his first European Tour title with a three-stroke victory in the
Madrid Open on Sunday.
A closing five-under-par 67 for a 16-under-par four-round
total of 272 left Vibe-Hastrup ahead of home favorite Alejandro Canizares (68).
Daniel Vancsik, the leader for the first three rounds, lost
his victory chance with a quintuple-bogey ninth on
The Argentine was two shots ahead of the field at the time
but never recovered from his mishap and had to settle for third
place on 12-under with a 73.
There was also a disappointing end to Northern Irish
teenager Rory McIlroy's attempt to be the youngest tour winner.
The 18-year-old stayed just in the hunt with an eagle on the
10th, but a 70 containing five bogeys was good enough only for a
share of fourth place on 11-under with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy
By following compatriots Anders and Soren Hansen into the
2007 victor's enclosure the 29-year-old Vibe-Hastrup became the
17th first-time winner on the European Tour this season.
After Vancsik perished on the fifth by tangling with heavy
rough in a gulley, Vibe-Hastrup, two behind the Argentine
overnight, took a firm hold with three birdies in four holes
from the eighth.
Canizares stayed in touch with him until he missed a short
putt to bogey the short 17th, shortly after Vibe-Hastrup
produced a gem of an approach to three feet to birdie the 16th
and effectively end the contest.