Dale Whitnell Holds Nerve To Win Scandinavian Mixed

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Dale Whitnell held his nerve to win the Scandinavian Mixed event on Sunday for his first career win on the European tour.

The 34-year-old English player, whose sole appearance at a major was 11 years ago, shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish at 21-under 267 overall — three shots clear of American Sean Crocker in second place.

Whitnell set the tone for the men and women’s tournament at Ullna Golf with a closing 96-yard hole-out eagle in the opening round and he maintained that momentum with a second-round 61 for a six-shot lead at the halfway stage.

Crocker finished with a 7-under 65 to cut that lead to two with two to play, but Whitnell birdied the 17th to ease the pressure and see out the win.

Yannik Paul of Germany and Anne Van Dam of the Netherlands — widely considered one of the biggest hitters on the Ladies European Tour — tied for third at 15 under, followed by Richie Ramsay, Gabriella Cowley, Paul Waring and Søren Kjeldsen on 14 under.

The co-sanctioned event on the men’s European tour and the Ladies European Tour featured a field of 78 men and 78 women. Swedish player Linn Grant produced one of the big stories of 2022 by winning the tournament by nine strokes to become the first female winner of a European tour event. Grant finished on 5 under overall and was tied for 41st.