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Best known for his headwear, Pelle Edberg is rapidly enhancing his reputation as a player. (Warren Little/Getty Images)
Best known for his headwear, Pelle Edberg is rapidly enhancing his reputation as a player. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

Unheralded Edberg continues amazing run of success

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A month ago, Pelle Edberg had never placed higher than ninth in a European Tour event. But he was third at the K Club two weeks ago and fourth at Loch Lomond last week, and heads to Sunday at Carnoustie with an outside chance to win.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (PA) -- Sweden's Pelle Edberg, a golfing also-ran on the European Tour just three weeks ago, was pinching himself yet again on Saturday.

The 28-year-old had never finished higher than ninth in a European Tour event before he earned himself a place in the Open Championship by finishing third at the Smurfit Kappa European Open two weeks ago.

But, after following that with fourth place at the Barclays Scottish Open last week, he will start the final round of the Open Championship on 1 under par and still in with an outside chance after a superb third-round 67.

"To come here was a real bonus," said Edberg, recognizable by his headbands and lately by his big smile as well.

"It's been a big difference the last month and I'm really enjoying it," he said. "I think I'm too far behind [to win], but you never know what's going to happen with the weather."

Asked what he might do with his new-found wealth, the all-round sports fan said: "Maybe a jet-ski. That would be nice."

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His Tour earnings entering 2007 amounted to less than $90,000 and he had been to the qualifying school for nine straight years. But he earned more than $200,000 in Ireland two weeks ago, even more at Loch Lomond and now another six-figure check is a possibility. Heady stuff indeed for the man with the headband.

He did not drop a stroke in his third-round 67, picking up birdies on the sixth, 10th, 14th and 18th.

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