Sebastian Soderberg has celebrated his 50th European Tour appearance by slaying Rory McIlroy and winning the European Masters in a five-way playoff in the Swiss Alps.
The Swede sank his winning putt from about 10 feet at the first extra hole and then watched as McIlroy and Finland's Kalle Samooja both missed from shorter distances at Crans-sur-Sierre in Crans Montana on Sunday.
"Too many mistakes," said McIlroy, who came to the Swiss Alps for his seventh event in eight weeks direct from winning the FedExCup in Atlanta last Sunday.
"Playing that much, sometimes these mental errors creep in."
Soderberg seemed to waste his best chance of victory on the 17th green, three-putting from five feet to fall into a share of the lead at 14-under.
The 28-year-old Swede carded a four-under 66 for a 266 total, alongside his playing partners McIlroy (67) and Lorenzo Gagli (67), and was soon joined by Kalle Samooja (67) and third-round leader Andres Romero (70).
Playing the par-4 18th as the first extra hole, Soderberg was the only player to stay on the fairway.
Soderberg made his putt from about eight feet before McIlroy and Samooja missed from closer range.
RIGHT: McIlroy was part of the five-way playoff at the European Masters. PHOTO: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.
It was a first title for Soderberg, whose winner's cheque more than doubled his career winnings on the European Tour. It also secured his Tour card through 2021.
"It's going to change your life going forward," said Soderberg, who acknowledged shaking with the tension when he led on the back nine of the Severiano Ballesteros course.
"I was way more calm in the playoff than I was in my last few holes."
Soderberg soared up the leaderboard with five straight birdies from the 10th.
At the 17th, he stood over a five-footer for birdie seconds after playing partners McIlroy and Gagli sank theirs to move within one shot.
Soderberg took three putts, then missed a makeable birdie chance on the final hole.
South Australian Wade Ormsby, who was just one-shot off the lead going into the final round, carded bogies on the par-4 2nd hole and par-5 9th and a disastrous double bogey on the par-5 15th to lose two shots and finish on 12-under.
He shared eighth place with fellow Australian Lucas Herbert, who made four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 14th to card a final-round six-under 64.
Sam Brazel finished T58th with a 68 in the final round, while compatriots Nick Cullen (70) and Deyen Lawson (69) finished T63rd and T69th respectively.