Hanson wins KLM Open despite scare over son


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Peter Hanson warmed up for the Ryder Cup in fine style by claiming victory at the KLM Open in Hilversum in the Netherlands yesterday. It was the Swede's fifth European Tour title and he sealed the win with a stunning eagle at the 18th to finish 14 under par and win by two strokes.

It was all the more impressive as he came close to withdrawing when his one-year-old son Tim was taken to hospital with a respiratory virus on Friday. Having received positive news on his child's condition, Hanson opted to continue. "I'm very happy. I'm still feeling for Tim, of course, but he's getting better and better, so I'm very happy about that," he said. "It was especially hard yesterday, with having him in the hospital on Friday night. I didn't sleep a lot.

"Yesterday was very tough, but I kind of calmed down a little bit yesterday evening when I heard he was over the worst of it."

Hanson's form will have delighted Europe's Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, less than three weeks before the match against the United States at Medinah.

Overnight co-leader Pablo Larrazabal finished second after a level-par 70, with Scotland's Richie Ramsey joining him on 12 under par after a round of 67.