Karlsson crowned at St Andrews
Robert Karlsson wins the Alfred Dunhill Links as Padraig Harrington falls away.
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2008 18:46 GMT

Karlsson was humble in victory [GALLO/GETTY]
Robert Karlsson sank a three-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a three-man playoff to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

The victory in Scotland earned the Swede $800,000 and boosted him into the lead of the Order of Merit, ahead of Irishman Padraig Harrington.

Karlsson and Ross Fisher finished with 7-under 65s, and Martin Kaymer shot a 68 to set up the playoff at 10-under 278 overall on Sunday.

Fisher gets wet

In the playoff, Fisher drove into the Swilcan Burn, the stream that fronts the first hole on The Old Course, and made a bogey.

Kaymer then missed a 10-foot birdie putt before Karlsson made his three-footer for the victory.

German Kaymer, who has won twice this year, earlier missed birdie chances from four feet at the 17th and from eight feet at the last.

"It's disappointing after missing those chances but it has been a really good week for me," the 23-year-old said.

Jarmo Sandelin, who had been tied with Kaymer in the lead overnight, shot a 70 and finished fourth at 280.

Unlucky 13 

Harrington, who started out the day tied for fourth, dropped into a tie for 13th with a 71 after two bogeys on the first four holes and another at the 17th.
"I started with some really bad shots and struggled. Then after a few birdies it all fell apart," said Harrington, who complained of fatigue this week.

"I just wasn't prepared. It's hard to get away with it on a Sunday when you are not prepared right."

The victory was Karlsson's second of the year after victory in the Mercedes-Benz
Championship in Cologne, Germany.

"I wasn't thinking about the Order but no question Padraig has had the better year," Karlsson said. "He has won two majors."

Harrington, who won the Dunhill Links in 2002 and 2006, won the British Open and the PGA Championship this year.

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