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Samooja wins European Open with a 64

Kalle Samooja has finished with back-to-back birdies to record a course-record eight-under 64 and win the European Open.

The 34-year-old Finn’s eight birdies in Sunday’s final round, including three in the last four holes, left him on six-under 282 overall as he overturned a seven-shot deficit and secured a spot at the US Open with his maiden European Tour triumph.

Samooja finished two shots ahead of second-place Wil Besseling of the Netherlands (71), who had four birdies along with a double bogey and a bogey at the event near Hamburg.

“It’s been a long journey, been close a few times,” Samooja told Sky Sports.

“We were pretty sure it’s going to be a play-off or that we might even miss the play-off. I was just hoping to get a solo second and get a ticket to the US Open but this is a little better.”

Overnight leader Victor Perez, seeking back-to-back victories after winning the Dutch Open last week, carded a two-over 74 at Green Eagle Golf Courses.

He birdied the 10th and 11th to move into a share of the lead, only to bogey three of the next four holes.

The Frenchman tied for third with England’s Richard Mansell (70), three shots behind Samooja.

Jason Scrivener, the lone Australian to make the cut, finished joint-25th at two over for the tournament following his final round 74.

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