DAVID HORSEY won the Made in Denmark tournament by two strokes despite a surge up the leaderboard from Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg.
Cheshire’s Horsey, who took a one-shot lead into the final day, shot three bogeys and one birdie in his last round but, despite being two over par for the day, it was enough for him to win the title.
Broberg climbed 50 places up the standings to finish in a tie for second place on 11 under par after firing nine birdies in his final round.
It meant he carded 62 but the Swede fell just short of overhauling Horsey, who clung on for a round of 73 and 13 under par in total.
Australia’s Daniel Gaunt and Terry Pilkadaris joined Broberg in the tie for second along with home favourite Soren Kjeldsen.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie finished in a four-way tie for sixth place on 10 under alongside Wales’ Bradley Dredge, Denmark’s Mads Sogaard and Australia’s Richard Green.
They were a shot better off than Harrogate’s John Parry (66 67 69 73). Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick (69 70 73 69) was six shots further back.
Horsey was particularly grateful to the crowds for their support as he celebrated a fourth European title.
“It feels fantastic. It’s starting to sink in now,” he said.
“Coming down those last few holes I was very much in my own zone just trying to focus on myself. It probably helped that there weren’t many leaderboards out there.
“The crowds were unbelievable. We have good fans in the UK, but the fans here are just fantastic. They are so loud. To get clapped in on all the greens like we did was amazing.
“As I was standing over that shot into 18, I knew I was two ahead, but I knew Terry could make birdie and get to 12 under, and when he hit it into 20 feet that sort of made my mind up. I only had 160 to the flag and I knew anywhere left was fine. I hit seven, making sure I kept it left, and it came out perfectly.”
Joint runner-up Kjeldsen had hoped to win on home soil but admitted a handful of poor shots proved costly.
The Dane said: “I’ve got mixed feelings. I’m really pleased with the way I played – I hit the ball great all day in quite tricky conditions as the wind was up. I made a couple of good putts on nine and 10 to save par but I had a lot of chances on the way in that I didn’t take.
“It’s pretty hard to take but I was pleased that I gave myself the chances. I desperately want to go back and hit a few of those putts again.
“I felt like I did all the hard work to get myself in position but I slipped a bit at the end.
“It wasn’t easy at all. I’m pleased with how I played but I’m desperately unhappy about not finishing it off.”