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Unknown Dane Huldahl secures Wales Open

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  • Denmark's Jeppe Huldahl seals a shock victory in the Wales Open on Sunday
  • Huhldahl never previously finished in the top 10 in 45 European Tour events
  • The 26-year-old Huldahl comes home one shot clear of Sweden's Niclas Fasth
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(CNN) -- Denmark's Jeppe Huldahl, who was without a single European Tour top 10 finish to his name, has claimed a shock victory in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Sunday.

Huldahl had never previously finished in the top 10 of a European Tour event before his Wales win.

Huldahl had never previously finished in the top 10 of a European Tour event before his Wales win.

The 26-year-old, ranked a lowly 377th in the world, beat Sweden's Niclas Fasth by one stroke and Spain's Ignacio Garrido by two to claim the £300,000 ($479,000) first prize -- almost 30 times his previous biggest cheque on the circuit.

In claiming victory, Huldahl became the third shock winner on the European Tour in just four weeks following Irish amateur Shane Lowry and world number 449 Christian Cevaer.

"It feels amazing," Huldahl told reporters. "I couldn't feel my hands the last three holes. I knew I was doing well, but I didn't know how well until I asked my caddie on the 18th tee.

"He told me I needed a par -- and it's nice to have a par five and have a chance to lay up. But I couldn't put winning out of my head and it was quite emotional," added the Dane -- who has appeared in 45 tournaments over six years without once finishing in the top 10.

Joint leader with England's Nick Dougherty and Spaniard Garrido with a round to play, the 2008 Challenge Tour graduate did not drop a stroke in shooting a four- under-par 67.

Fasth joined him out in front by pitching in for eagle on the long 11th, but Huldahl instantly birdied his next two holes.

Back came Fasth with birdies on the 13th and 15th, but the former world top 20 then bogeyed the next two holes and despite piling on the pressure again with a closing 20-foot putt, Huldahl parred the last seven holes to triumph.

He finished nine-under-par, with Fasth eight-under after a 66 and Garrido third a further shot back. Dougherty, though, crashed all the way to 37th after a nightmare 79.

Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin, checking out the Celtic Manor course ahead of next year's extravaganze, finished 38th and 43rd respectively on three and four-over par.

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