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Hanson defeats Gustafsson on first playoff hole

4/17/2005

SAN ROQUE, Spain -- Peter Hanson won the Spanish Open on
Sunday, defeating Swedish countryman Peter Gustafsson with a par on
the first playoff hole.

Gustafsson shot a 6-under-par 66 to overtake Hanson, the
third-round leader, and finish regulation at 8-under 280. Hanson
closed with a 71.

Hanson missed the green on the playoff hole, the 18th, but
chipped to about 1 foot. Gustaffson also missed the green and
two-putted.

"I am really happy with how I played today with the pressure of
coming out with the lead," Hanson said after his first victory on
the European Tour. "Apart from a couple bad club selections, I
don't think I missed a shot.

"It is always hard to get your first win and, as I haven't been
in this position before, to pull it off on my first time feels
great."

Ireland's Peter Lawrie birdied the last two holes for a 69 and
shared third place at 283 with South Africa's Hennie Otto, who
birdied the last hole for a 72.