(CNN) -- Peter Hanson is virtually certain of securing a place in Europe's Ryder Cup side to face the United States in October after victory in the Czech Open on Sunday.
The Swede beat Peter Lawrie and rookie Gary Boyd in a three-way play-off for his second European Tour success of the season, following-on from Majorca when he also won after a play-off.
The 32-year-old sealed his win with an 18-foot birdie putt on the second play-off hole after a two-over-par final round 74 saw his overnight four-stroke advantage wittled away.
Hanson needed a victory to propel himself into the automatic Ryder Cup qualification places, overtaking England's Paul Casey.
And, with only one qualification event remaining -- next week's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles which Casey has not entered -- only an unlikely series of results will stop Hanson holding on to a place in Colin Montgomerie's side.
European captain Montgomerie has now been left with a major selection issue with big-name stars Casey, Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald all out of the team -- and only three wild card selections being avalable to him.
Another Ryder Cup hopeful, Simon Dyson, carded a level par round of 72 to finish two shots off the pace, ending his hopes of making the team.