Family Crisis Proves No Distraction For Hanson
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Family crisis proves no distraction for Hanson

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SHOWS: HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS (SEPTEMBER 9, 2012) (UCOM - ACCESS ALL) 1. HILVERSUM GOLF COURSE, WHERE DUTCH OPEN WAS PLAYED 2. PETER HANSON WITH TROPHY AFTER WINNING TOURNAMENT 3. SOUNDBITE (English) PETER HANSON, DUTCH OPEN WINNER, SAYING: "A little bit better today, the worst day for me was yesterday, definitely, when he was put into hospital on Friday and I was up all night and just thinking about it all day yesterday. Overnight he was getting better and better. He is still sleeping a lot but he is trying to eat a little bit. I think he is over the worst bit of it. I am really happy for him getting better, and standing here today, that I didn't go home yesterday morning." 4. PETER HANSON WITH TROPHY 5. SOUNDBITE (English) PETER HANSON, DUTCH OPEN WINNER, SAYING: "It is fantastic to make that putt. I was struggling a bit towards the end. I was hitting some loose shots. Just to make that last putt. Walking up the last hole I thought if I could make that it would take a lot for the other guys to catch up, so it was just a fantastic feeling." 6. HILVERSUM GOLF COURSE SOUNDBITE (English) PETER HANSON, DUTCH OPEN WINNER, SAYING: "This was a great confidence boost, winning here and coming in, and now I am going to practice for another two weeks and fine tune the parts of the game that I am not 100% happy with. My putting was fantastic, I felt I could make every putt with my putter this week so it was nice to go wide." STORY: Sweden's Peter Hanson nearly quit the Dutch Open because his young son was seriously ill - but ended up winning the tournament by two strokes. The Swede was poised to return to his family in Florida on Saturday (September 8) but opted to stay in the Netherlands as his son began to recover from a respiratory virus. And despite the distraction, Hanson carded a three-under par final round to finish on 14 under par on Sunday (September 9), two shots ahead of Pablo Larrazabal and Richie Ramsay. "A little bit better today, the worst day for me was yesterday, definitely when he was put into hospital on Friday and I was up all night and just thinking about it all day yesterday," Hanson told reporters after his win. "Overnight he was getting better and better. He is still sleeping a lot but he is trying to eat a little bit. I think he is over the worst bit of it. I am really happy for him getting better, and standing here today, that I didn't go home yesterday morning." Hanson was spared a potential three-way play off when he nailed a long eagle putt on the final hole to finish on an overall 14 under par. "It is fantastic to make that putt," he said. "I was struggling a bit towards the end, I was hitting some loose shots. Just to make that last putt. Walking up the last hole I thought if I could make that it would take a lot for the other guys to catch up, so it was just a fantastic feeling." Larrazabal himself had led by two going into the closing stages after Hanson struck back to back bogeys at 13 and 14, but by the time the Swede came to play the last, things were all square again. Hanson got himself out of trouble with his second shot at the 16th, playing through trees to leave himself with an easy pitch on to the green. The Swede's victory was his fifth on the European tour, and his first since August 2010, and came against the backdrop of his one-year-old son, Tim, being laid low with a virus. The 34-year-old was an automatic selection for the Ryder Cup which starts at the Medinah Country Club on September 28. "This was a great confidence boost, winning here and coming in, and now I am going to practice for another two weeks and fine tune the parts of the game that I am not 100% happy with," Hanson said. "My putting was fantastic, I felt I could make every putt with my putter this week so it was nice to go wide."