Kingston wins Mercedes-Benz in playoff

Sep 13, 2009 - 6:24 PM COLOGNE, Germany(AP) -- James Kingston of South Africa captured his second European Tour title on Sunday, beating Anders Hansen of Denmark on the first playoff hole at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Kingston was two shots ahead with two holes to play, but had a bogey on the 17th after Hansen had a birdie. Kingston (69) and Hansen (67) both finished regulation at 13-under 275 at the Gut Laerchenhof course.

Hansen's approach on the first playoff hole went over the green and into a bunker. He blasted out to within 6 feet, but his putt skimmed off the rim for a bogey. Kingston made his par putt for the victory.

The 43-year-old became the oldest winner on the European Tour this season after missing four straight cuts.

"A week ago I didn't even know I was in the event," Kingston said. "I got in through last year's rankings. So to come out and win a championship like the Mercedes-Benz Championship on a golf course like this makes it more special."

It was his first title since taking the South African Airways Open at Pearl Valley in December 2007.

"One minute you don't even think you are playing and the next you win it! It's like the South African Open," he said. "I was injured a couple of days beforehand and didn't think I could play and I went on to win that. Two wins and both of them unexpected."

Soren Hansen of Denmark (70), no relation to Anders, Peter Hanson of Sweden (71) and Simon Dyson of England (70) shared third place one shot back.

All three needed birdies on the final hole to make the playoff.

Hanson went into the final round with a one-shot lead over Dyson, Soren Hansen and Kingston.

The highest-ranked golfer in the field of 78, No. 6 Henrik Stenson of Sweden, finished on 278. Lee Westwood of England, the No. 10, was one shot further back.

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