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Golf: IT'S DAVID WETSDALE; THE ANDALUCIAN OPEN Water shame as Scot's bid ends in agony.

DAVID DRYSDALE blew his chances of a first European Tour victory in 166 starts by hitting into the water on the final hole at the Andalucian Open.

The Edinburgh ace was level with the eventual winner Soren Kjeldsen with three holes to play in Seville.

The Dane went into the lake with his second shot to the long 16th and had to make an 18-footer to stay on terms.

Kjeldsen then holed from even further for a brilliant two at the 17th and with Drysdale failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker there was a two-shot gap coming to the last.

But after finding more sand with his closing drive the Scot, third in Johannesburg in January, hit his second into the water and double-bogeyed.

After closing with a 74 for 11 under, Drysdale said: "I'm a bit gutted about that.

"It was quite a good battle and it's just a shame not to hit any decent shots when I really needed to.

"I hit poor tee shots on 16, 17 and 18. When I had to hit the fairways, I started missing them."

But after 10 visits to the qualifying school Drysdale's runners-up cheque for pounds 104,000 should spare him a return at the end of the season.

The tournament became a two-horse race when Scot Alastair Forsyth and Rhys Davies of Wales, three behind at the time, took seven and six respectively on the 14th, allowing Graeme Storm of England and Italy's Francesco Molinari to share third place on 10 under.

Kjeldsen, who three-putted the last for bogey to win by three shots, picked up pounds 156,000 and now heads to Augusta for his Masters debut at his highest-ever position in the world - just outside the top 40.

He qualified for Augusta by finishing last year 50th in the world rankings - by one-hundredth of a point. The Dane said: "I was told I was in by a guy who writes a website in Denmark, then he called again to say that he had it wrong and if Richard Sterne won in South Africa I would be 51st.

"I watched him make tons of birdies on the back nine, then win in a play-off, so I went on a 10-mile run on the beach screaming and shouting.

"I came back, settled down, went to bed and then the same guy rang at midnight to say he had it wrong and I was in.

"I was completely drained but it's a dream to play there and I already have the invitation framed."

His closing 72 was 10 more than his career-best, course-record third round but it was much windier and colder and there was some rain to contend with too.

Kjeldsen, who on his last start was seventh at the WGC-CA Championship in Miami, added: "I'm not happy with the way I hit the ball.

"To be honest, I was very nervous all day. I knew it was going to be a tough day and it was."

Colin Montgomerie, second after his opening 67, finished his 500th Tour event as a professional down in 31st spot and unhappy about the number of mental mistakes he made.


NO SPLASH HIT: Drysdale was unhappy his lapses let in Kjeldsen, right, to win in Seville
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 30, 2009
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