Hanson Wins The BMW Masters In Shanghai

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Peter Hanson
Rob Grabowski-US Presswire

Peter Hanson and Rory McIlroy shot matching 67’s on Sunday at The BMW Masters in Shanghai, China. Hanson began the day with a one shot lead, and his -21 under par 267 would prevail. He went on a birdie run early on the back nine at 11,12, and 13 which gave him a two shot lead that would sustain a bogey five at the last hole, and give him the tournament.

Rory McIlroy made a push on the back nine with an eagle 3 at the 612 yard par 5 15th hole, and a birdie at 16. Even with Hanson making bogey at 18, the worlds number one could not make up for the two bogeys he made at the 4th and 5th holes on the front nine. McIlroy, with his runner up finish retains his lead for The Race to Dubai standings. Peter Hanson moved into second place.

The big mover at the Jack Nicklaus designed Lake Malaren Golf Club on Sunday was Ian Poulter. Poulter shot a bogey free -7 under par 65 to jump twelve spots, finishing with a total 0f  -16 under par that was good enough for sole possession of 4th place. Luke Donald also shot a bogey free round, and came in third, with a -6 under par 66,  for a -16 total on the tournament.

The win gives Hanson his second European Tour win for the 2012 season. The 35 year old from Svedala, Sweden, also won The KLM Open back in September, as well as finishing third at The Nordea Masters in June. He finished second at The Qatar Masters in February. This is by far his best year, with four top 10 finishes, and all four were top 3. He played in 13 European tournaments this year, and pocketed almost $900,000 .

This is the first time in Hanson’s career he has won over 2 Million Euro. His total of  2,594,727 Euro. He becomes the second in all time season earnings for a Swede, only trailing Robert Karlsson who won 2,732,748 Euros in 2008. The BMW Open at Shanghai is his second win in his last three European starts, and will boost him up on the World Golf Rankings from 25th to a projected 18th.

This was only the second time in Hanson’s career that he has had multiple victories in one season on the European Tour. The last came in 2010 when he won the Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca, and Czech Open.