MIYAZAKI: Italy’s Edoardo Molinari defeated Robert Karlsson of Sweden on the second play-off hole to win the Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament today.

Molinari’s approach shot left him a one-metre birdie putt while Karlsson had four metres for a birdie on the hole. Karlsson missed the shot and then Molinari sank it for the victory, which brought him a winner’s cheque of $444,000. Molinari is 18 and the top money earner on the European challenge tour this season.

Starting the day with a one-stroke lead over Karlsson, Molinari carded two birdies and Karlsson four birdies on the front nine. Karlsson, who last season became the first Swede to be the top money earner on the European tour, added two more birdies on the back nine, but Molinari birdied the 11th, 13th and 15th holes to catch up with the Swede.

Both had a chance to finish off before the play-off, with Karlsson’s birdie putt stopping at the edge of the cup on the 17th hole and the two narrowly missing birdie putts on the 18th hole. Molinari ended the round with five birdies for a 66 and Karlsson six birdies for a 65 for the four-round total of 13-under-par 271.

Shane Lowry third place with Hirofumi Miyase on 277, followed by Eddie Lee and Tadahiro Takayama on 278.